Adult apterae and immatures of Aphis nerii are bright yellow-orange or lemon- yellow, with dark antennae. The pictures below show live immatures on one of. Aphis nerii Oleander aphids on tropical milkweed – Aphis nerii Aphis nerii Oleander Aphid – Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe, – Aphis. Donald J. & Richard E. White. A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., Species Aphis nerii – Oleander Aphid.

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Aphis nerii alatae see second picture above have large black postsiphuncular sclerites and smaller, often pale and inconspicuous marginal scleritesbut no mid-dorsal bands. Alhis growth of oleander heavily infested with oleander aphids, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe.

This pest is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region, where its major host plant, oleander Nerium oleander Linnaeus in endemic. Aphis nerii is a phloem -feeder, excreting honeydew that netii serves as a substrate for sootymold. Oleander aphids sequester cardiac glycosides, recognized heart poisons, from their host plants Rothschild et al. Therefore, in another set of experiments, the effects of current density and host-plant species within-generation effects on aphid vital rates were examined.

Boyer de Fonscolombe[1]. When not in use the rostrum points back between the legs. Nymphs berii from one stage to the next by moulting, changing their skin. Distribution Back to Top The oleander aphid is cosmopolitan, being found in tropical to warm temperate regions throughout the world. The inner pair of stylets, form two tubes, one through which saliva is injected into the plant and a second through which plants juices are sucked up into the insect.

As honeydew accumulates on the leaves, a black aphia mold often follows and can be unsightly. The delay is not due to a post-eclosion, pre-reproductive flight since, beginning with the fourth instarlarval winged aphids were reared at a density of one per plant and the vast majority were not stimulated to fly under such low-density conditions.


Outbreaks of Aphis nerii occurred only at urban sites where plants were regularly pruned and watered.

Journal of Insect Physiology Coccinellidaefeeding on an Oleander aphid, Aphis nerii Hemiptera: Their bright aposematic warning coloration and possession of toxins protects them from predation by certain species of birds and spiders Malcolm Aphididaefor winged morph production, life history, and morphology in relation to host plant permanence”.

Oleander aphids are mainly found plants in the family Apocynaceae, but sometimes are found on plants in other families. New Zealand Plant Protection. Oleander aphids are bright lemon yellow and most life stages have dusky to black siphunculi, legs and antennae.

There are five nymphal instars. Coexistence of three specialist aphids on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. Their results show that genetic variation in the plants as well as in the herbivores can determine the outcome of plant-herbivore interactions.

While maternal effects were present, within-generation effects were much stronger and more strongly influenced aphid vital rates. The wasp larva pupates inside this rigid skin which is aphiss a mummy.

This species probably originated in the Mediterranean region, the origin of its principal host plant, oleander. Taken as a whole, the coexistence of three host-specific aphid species sharing the same resource was promoted by the dual action of ants as antagonists and mutualists and by genetic diversity in the plant population itself.

Of more concern to nursery managers is the potential for stunted plant growth due to repeated heavy infestation throughout the year. Suggested Citation Martin NA. Leguminosae 8 cultivated Frangipani, Temple tree Plumeria sp.

Aphis nerii sweet pepper or oleander aphid ; close-up of infestation on a milkweed plant Asclepias spp. Management Back to Top Cultural controls offer the best means of managing oleander aphid infestation on oleander.


Coccinellidae predator 10 adventive Neuroptera sp. Both winged and wingless females reproduce this way so, at least in the wild, no male Oleander aphids occur. Common Names Oleander aphid, Apnis plant aphid, Milkweed aphid.

Aphis nerii

Aphididae on a leaf of a Swan plant Gomphocarpus fruticosus Apocynaceae. Increased host specialization resulted in lower resource-use efficiency, increased phloem throughput and ultimately higher cardenolide sequestration.

Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! Spiders that have the cornicle secretion applied to their mouthparts immediately retreat and attempt to clean them. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Bulletin. Crawley ed Excess water and sugar is excreted from the siphuncles and called honeydew. Habitat Fields, gardens Season mostly: Aphis nerii Scientific classification Kingdom: Adult females give live birth to nymphs that look like small wingless adults.

Ahpis parasitoid 10 adventive Aphelinus mali Haldeman, Wooly apple aphid parasite Wasp Hymenoptera: The stylets are then gradually pushed into the plant.

For populations that conform to these assumptions, population growth rate may be widely applicable as a predictor of the strength of density dependence. Insects associated with milkweed Calotropis procera Ait.

It is commonly found on oleander, butterfly weed and milkweed, appearing on buds, new shoots and foliage in the spring.

Aphis nerii (sweet pepper aphid)

Host-specialized herbivores has long been hypothesized to be highly tolerant of, and sometimes sequestering, plant secondary compounds. Altogether it is known to feed on 16 plant families, such as Crassulaceae, Solanaceae, Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae, and Euphorbiaceae. Intraspecific variation in the nreii of density dependence in aphid populations. Apocynaceae 10 naturalised Tweedia Oxypetalum caeruleum D. Bas Relief Publishing Group.

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