Cinara (genus)

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Author(s): James Denny Ward, USDA Forest Service
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Cinara Curtis, 1835

This genus of conifer aphids contains more than 200 species which are widely distributed. Species are often specialized on a certain genus of conifer trees and several species are serious pests, causing outbreaks and considerable damage. Seedlings may be killed during heavy attacks. Examples of pest species are Cinara pilicornis which attacks spruce and Cinara cupressi, mainly on cypress trees and Thuja.

The adult are usually large, 5-6 mm, and spider-like. The antennae are shorter than half of the body length. The rostrum is long and surpasses the hind coxae.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: