Pest description and damage Several species of aphids can become problems as foliar, stem, flower, bud bark or root feeding pests. Aphids tend to be small (.0625 to 0.125 inch long), oval to pear-shaped, soft-bodied insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts. Color varies but most aphids tend to match host plant coloration. Aphids tend to feed in colonies and are often found on the most succulent plant tissues. Feeding damage to shrubs, trees and mature plants is usually minor, but can compromise the vigor of the host, and some leaf and shoot distortion can occur if aphid populations are high. Aphids produce honeydew that encourages growth of a black sooty mold.
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