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Oleander Aphids (Aphis nerii)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Oleander Aphids.


 Updated: 6/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Oleander Aphids  
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The tiny Oleander Aphid is a huge pest for ornamental flowers thanks to fast breeding and fast development.





The first sighting of a yellow-orange cluster of Oleander Aphids puts the gardener on the defensive. They feed on the plant juices of oleander, milkweed, butterfly weed and wax plants, all popular ornamental plants in homes and gardens. Quick to reproduce during their short lives, Oleander Aphids need little time to infest a plant.

Oleanders are a popular ornamental flowering plant in southeastern states, like Florida. Plant nurseries can lose product and profit because of an infestation. The aphid's presence ruins the beauty of the oleander because it creates a sticky 'honeydew' on the stems, which can eventually turn black with mold. Oleander Aphids use their mouthparts to poke into the plant stem and then syphon food juices, damaging the plant's health. The ends of the branches can deform and and wilt. Other plants near infested ones are also at risk. The aphids can spread a plant virus, further impacting nurseries or gardens. Natural predators of the Oleander Aphid include certain kinds of parasitic wasps, Lady Beetles, Lacewings and Hoverflies. Insecticide use to control aphid infestations is effective, but care must be taken in choosing one that will not also harm beneficial insect predators.
Basic Information
Common Name: Oleander Aphids
Other Name(s): Milkweed Aphids
Scientific Name: Aphis nerii
Category: True Bug


General Identification
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Identifying Colors: yellow, black
Additional Descriptors: lime, lemon, citron, tiny, cluster, congregation, small, jumping, milkweed, harmful




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Aphididae
Genus: Aphis
Species: nerii




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Oleander Aphids may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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