Myzus (genus)

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Myzus cerasi colony on sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University
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Myzus Passerini, 1860

The genus contains several dozen species, including some important and polyphagous pests. The colour varies from yellow and green to brown and black. The antennae are usually 6-segmented, the siphunculi are rather long and the cauda is triangular. Many species do not change host plants during their life cycle. In heteroecious species, the primary host is often a Prunus species.

Type species Myzus cerasi.

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