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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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Host plants of the Oleander aphid, Aphis nerii Hemiptera: The adult females give live birth to nymphs. On the underside of the head is enrii rostrum, that holds the stylets used for feeding.

They nfrii monarch Danaus plexippus caterpillars onto milkweed plants from each continent and compared the resulting changes in plant quality upon European aphid performance. The oleander aphid is widespread in regions with tropical and Mediterranean climates. Apocynaceae 10 naturalised Tweedia Oxypetalum caeruleum D. Life Cycle Back to Top Females are viviparous and parthenogenetic, meaning that they deposit nymphs rather than eggs and that the progeny are clones of the adult female i.

oleander aphid – Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe

When it wishes to feed the aphid moves the tip of the rostrum to the surface of a leaf or stem. Retrieved 3 June Oleander aphid can act as a vector of viruses in the genus Potyvirus and Cucumovirus. Aposematism in a soft-bodied insect: BorrorDonald J.


Description Back to Top It is thought that the oleander aphid is an obligate parthenogenetic species; thus the adult aphids are all female and males do not occur in the wild. Other insecticides are not necessary in the home garden environment given the high level of natural biological control, ease of killing aphids with insecticidal soaps and oils, and incompatibility of use on butterfly nectar or larval host plants.

Distribution Back to Top The oleander aphid is cosmopolitan, being found in tropical to warm temperate regions throughout the world.

Entomological News, 3: On smaller apocynaceous plants grown as nectar sources for butterflies aphks as larval host plants for monarch butterflies, the infested shoot can be pruned out and discarded or aphids can be dislodged with a strong stream of water.

The females are also viviparousmeaning that they do not produce eggs but instead give birth to live young called nymphs, the adult female’s clones.

Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

Aphis nerii

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. We did not observe a difference between morphs for lifetime fecundity, even though wingless aphids have larger abdomens than winged aphids and for both morphs there is nerio significant correlation between abdomen width and fecundity.


Boyer de Fonscolombe[1]. The absence of oleandrin and calactin in the body tissues of this insect suggests they are absent from the phloem on which the aphids are believed to feed. The two pairs of long stylets specially shaped rods are held in the rostrum.

Oleander Aphid, Aphis nerii

The legs including the hind tibiae are dark cf. Academic Journal of Entomology.

Oleander aphids have a typical aphid shape. The winged adult females alata are yellow and black with dark wing veins while the wingless forms apterae are yellow with black cornicles, antennae, legs, and cauda tip of abdomen.

Apocynaceae 10 cultivated Swan plant, Narrow-leaf cotton bush Gomphocarpus fruticosus L. Population ecology of Aphis nerii on oleander. When not in use the rostrum points back between the legs. Such control is seldom called for, but if necessary, insecticidal soaps or oils can be used.

If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Retrieved 2 June Aphididae on a leaf of a Swan plant Gomphocarpus fruticosus Apocynaceae. Habitat Fields, gardens Season mostly: