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Sipha flava (Forbes, 1884) - (yellow sugarcane aphid)
This aphid is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions, but most of the outbreaks on sugarcane and energy cane have been reported from the Americas. Other hosts include sorghum and various cereals. It is also a vector of the Sugarcane mosaic virus. On sugarcane, mainly young plants are attacked, resulting in reddening/yellowing of the leaves as well as in losses of cane yield and a reduced sugar content. Resistant cultivars are available.
The adult females are less than 2 mm long with a bright yellow abdomen and a slightly darker head and thorax. Propagation is mainly through parthenogenesis, but alates can be formed under certain environmental conditions.
|• English:||yellow sugarcane aphid|
|• Español:||pulgón amarillo de la caña de azúcar|
For a review see Wilson (2019)