Rosy Apple Aphid (Dysaphis plantaginea)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Rosy Apple Aphid.
Updated: 7/31/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The delicate and rosy-pink little bodies of tiny Rosy Apple Aphids belie their combined destructive nature to fall's favorite fruit.
Rosy Apple Aphids are a huge pest in apple orchards and plantain farms. Their juice-sucking activity on the fruit trees both shrivel leaves and deform fruit. This means farmers lose part of their harvest because blemished fruit does not sell at the market.
The change color and shape as they age. Pale green eggs are laid and these eggs turn black. Once hatched, the larvae grow and can change colors from brown, purple, red and/or green. Some adults are winged, some wingless. Some look like they are coated in powder or a white dust. Body shape varies from tear-shaped to tubular.
Reproduction can be sexual as well as asexual. Winged females lay eggs in bark in autumn and they overwinter. Wingless aphids reproduce asexually in the spring.