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Cryptomyzus ribis L.
Myzus ribis, Capitophorus ribis, Rhopalosiphum ribis

Insecta, Homoptera, Aphididae .

Currant aphid

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

- Apterous adult: 1.2-1.8 mm long; elongate, narrow, pale yellow to bright orange in colour; antennae longer than body; eyes red (*) .

- Host-plants: currant and black currant.
- The eggs hatch in April and give rise to fundatrices which settle on the underside of leaves to feed, blisters appearing on the upper surface.

[R]Life Cycle
- This species survives on Ribes. Some individuals migrate to dead-nettle (Lamium maculatum, L. amplexicaule) and Stachys (S. sylvatica, S. arvensis, S. palustris).

Bites cause blisters or pseudo-galls to form on the leaves, which then take on a very characteristic wine-red coloration (*) . Damage may extend throughout a whole plantation and hinder the development of bushes.

[R]Common Names
DE: Johannisbeerblasenlaus ES: Pulgon del grosellero FR: Puceron jaune du groseillier IT: Afide giallo del ribes PT: Piolho da groselheira GB: Red currant aphid, Red currant blister aphid

[R] Images

  1. Cryptomyzus ribis L. (Coutin R. / OPIE)
    Damage on currant Reddish blisters on the upper side of leaves. Growth is not interrupted.
  2. Cryptomyzus ribis L. (Coutin R. / OPIE)
    Adult In blister on the underside of a leaf.

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