Dysaphis plantaginea

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Dysaphis plantaginea (Passerini, 1860) - (rosy apple aphid)

The aphid causes serious damage to apple trees in Europe and North America. It attacks leaves and young fruits, resulting in leaf-rolling and fruit deformations. Even low infestations need to be controlled because of its potential for rapid population increase and to avoid economic losses due to poor fruit quality.

The aphid passes through several generations in the spring on apple before migrating to its secondary or summer host, plantain (Plantago spp.). It returns to apple trees in the autumn. The immature stages have a yellowish to pinkish colour. The adults are darker, blueish-grey and 2-3 mm long.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Mehlige Apfelblattlaus
• English: rosy apple aphid
• Español: pulgón ceniza del manzano
• Français: puceron cendré du pommier
puceron rose du pommier


Synonyms:
Sappaphis mali