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  • Rosy Apple Aphid - (Dysaphis plantaginea)

    Rosy Apple Aphid - (Dysaphis plantaginea)

    The delicate and rosy-pink little bodies of tiny Rosy Apple Aphids belie their combined destructive nature to fall's favorite fruit.

    Picture of Rosy Apple Aphid
    Staff Writer (7/31/2017): 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.

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    Rosy Apple Aphid

    Category: True Bug
    Common name: Rosy Apple Aphid
    Scientific Name: Dysaphis plantaginea

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Aphididae
           Genus: Dysaphis
            Species: plantaginea

    Size (Adult, Length): 2mm to 3mm (0.08in to 0.12in)

    Identifying Colors: red; black; green; tan; purple; white

    Additional Descriptors: headstand, handstand, spiky, waxy, cottony

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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