Honeysuckle (Lonicera)-Aphid

Honeysuckle aphid (Hyadaphis tataricae)

Description and damage This tiny (adult size ranges from 0.04 to 0.01 inch in length) grayish-green aphid has a white abdomen dusted with a fine light powder. The head and thorax are slightly darker. Not the usual pear shape, these aphids have very short cornicles and are shaped more like a manatee. The aphids suck on tender new growth and flowers that can result in stunted leaf and stem growth then witches' brooms and brown dead tips.

Biology and life history This aphid is reported to overwinter as eggs near the damaged tips of infested plants. With the onset of new growth, the first of several generations of aphids hatch and begin feeding. Where the can the feed within the protection of curled leaves and flower clusters. These aphids spend their entire life on honeysuckle, littering the tips with cast off aphid exoskeletons. In fall, winged males mate with wingless female that lay eggs for the next season.

For monitoring and management

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Management-chemical control

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