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Brachycaudus cardui (L.)
Brachycaudus lateralis Walker, Anuraphis

Insecta, Homoptera, Aphididae .

Thistle aphid

Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images


[R]Description
- Adult: 1.8-2.4 mm long; brownish-yellow, pale green or brown, with a large black spot situated dorsally on the abdomen and 2 or 3 black stripes at the tip; siphunculi black, thick and cylindrical; rostrum long and reaching hind coxae.

[R]Biology
- Primary hosts: cherry, plum and apricot. Aphids migrate to various wild and cultivated Compositae, including artichoke, chrysanthemum, mayweed (Matricaria), groundsel (Senecio) and various Borraginaceae and are similar to the leaf-curling plum aphid (Brachycaudus helichrysi), which is characterized by its green colour.

[R]Damage
- Leaves undergo severe curling. Dense colonies occur at the base of flower heads and on the leaves.


[R]Common Names
DE: Grosse Pflaumenblattlaus ES: Pulgon del cardo FR: Puceron de l'artichaut IT: Afide verde del cardo e del carciofo PT: Piolho da alcachofra GB: Thistle aphid

[R] Images

  1. Brachycaudus cardui (L.) (Robert Y. / INRA Rennes)
    Colony on artichoke

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