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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Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Aphis nerii is relatively insensitive to these toxins, and its aposematic bright yellow body color and associated black appendages serve as visual cues, signaling their unsuitability as prey.

Aphids on worlds plants; Aphis nerii www. Bugguide is hosted by: It has been reported feeding on 16 other plant families, including the Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae and Euphorbiaceae – albeit sometimes as overflow hosts. Coccinellidaeshowing the variable background colour.

Aphis nerii (Oleander aphid) identification, images, ecology, control

As in all Sternorrhyncha, there is no pupal stage and adults are produced from the final nymphal instar. At least one kind of Lacewing has been found feeding on Oleander aphid. Retrieved 3 June Coccinellidae predator 10 adventive Coccinella leonina Fabricius, Orange-spotted ladybird Beetle Coleoptera: First, they tested if herbivore performance is higher on European plants than on North American plants, because neril former have escaped most of their herbivores apyis have perhaps been selected for lower defence levels following introduction.


The winged female has black on their head and thorax, the middle part of netii body. Coccinellidae predator 10 adventive Apolinus lividigaster Mulsant, Yellow shouldered ladybird Beetle Coleoptera: Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

They are probably preyed on by Hoverflies, Diptera: Common in tropical to warm temperate regions.

Aphis nerii

When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Thus, reduced body size does not increase the cost of being able to fly, at least under the conditions of these experiments. Within California the prediction again held: Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe[1].

Population ecology of Aphis nerii on oleander. This suggests that visual signals in combination with twitching-related substrate vibrations may play an important role in synchronising defense among members of a colony. Coccinellidaeshowing wings.

The aphid was killed by a parasitic wasp. Blackwell Scientific Publications, London.

Syrphid pupa on scarlet milkweed inflorescence infested with oleander aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Aphiz. The oleander aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe, sometimes called the milkweed aphid, is a common pest of several important ornamental plants in the families Apocynaceae and Asclepiadaceae. Aphis aphiss is a specialized feeder on oleander Nerium oleanderbut may occur on other Apocynaceae species – especially Dregea sinensis and milkweeds Asclepidaceae where it forms large colonies on growing shoots and along midribs of leaves.


It is anholocyclic virtually everywhere except, perhaps, Japan. They also fortify their cornicle secretions with these bitter, poisonous chemicals. One pair of stylets, the maxillae, form two tubes; one through nwrii saliva is injected into the plant and a second through which plants juices are sucked up into the insect. Annual Review of Entomology 37 Retrieved 2 June Colony on Nerium oleander. In the ants-competition experiment, ants reduced per capita growth of Aphis nerii and Myzocallis asclepiadis neither of which were mutualists with ants by approximately one-half.

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