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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A native generalist, Lysiphlebus testaceipeswas the only primary parasitoid reared from Aphis neriiand in certain cases, it was able to control the host population.

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.

Aphis nerii bright yellow-orange and Myzocallis asclepiadis yellow and black can both be considered to have aposematic coloration.

Nymphs that are going to develop into winged adults have wing buds. A synthesis of their results showed that predators play little or no role in preferentially suppressing competitively dominant Aphis nerii. He describes the influence on predator behaviour, and sphis survival of the aposematic Aphis neriiin comparison with the palatable, cryptic aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisumwhen offered to two predators with different foraging tactics.

Life Cycle Back to Top Females are viviparous and parthenogenetic, meaning that they deposit nymphs rather than eggs ahpis that aphie progeny are clones of the adult female i. Caterpillar introduction decreased aphid developmental times on North American plants, but not on European plants, whereas fecundity and population growth rates were unaffected by induction on both plant populations.

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

Within California apihs prediction again held: Adult females may be winged or wingless. Alata and nymphs of oleander aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe, on oleander leaf. Natural Enemies Several parasitoids and predators of Oleander aphids are known in New Zealand, but no fungal pathogen has been recorded.


All four species contained apolar cardenolides in their bodies and excreted polar cardenolides, but only the most specialized aphid Myzocallis asclepiadis was negatively affected by increasing cardenolide concentrations of the host plant.

Title Infestation Caption Aphis nerii sweet pepper or oleander aphid ; infestation on a milkweed plant Asclepias spp. Colony on Nerium oleander.

Alate forms occur under conditions of overcrowding and as plant quality declines, and the winged adults migrate to find new host plants. Retrieved 30 May The Oleander aphid is a bright yellow insect with black legs, and stalks known as cornicles on the back of the abdomen.

The sap has a high volume of water and sugars, more than the insect needs. They are a distinctive yellow with dusky or black legs, antennae and siphunculae the tubes towards the end of the abdomen through which honeydew is excreted. Aposematism in a soft-bodied insect: Views Read Edit View history. When it wishes to feed, the aphid moves the tip of the rostrum to the surface of the plant. Oleander aphid can act as a vector of viruses in apuis genus Potyvirus and Cucumovirus.

Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Print References 1 2 Internet References Fact sheets: Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.

Such control is seldom called for, but if necessary, insecticidal soaps or oils can be used. Individuals of Aphis nerii and Uroleucon hypochoeridis an aphid species feeding on Hypochoeris radicata show a behavioral response to visual stimulation in the form of spinning or twitching, which is often accompanied by coordinated kicks executed with their hind legs.


These cultural practices resulted in an increased proportion of new, actively growing terminals preferred by Aphis nerii which led to increased density of aphids feeding on such terminals. Please consider upgrading your browser to the latest version or installing a new browser. When the adult wasp is ready to emerge it chews a hole in the mummified aphid skin. The apterate female is yellow with black siphunculiantennae, legs, and cauda.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Altogether it is known to feed on 16 plant families, such as Crassulaceae, Solanaceae, Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae, and Euphorbiaceae.

It is commonly found on oleander, butterfly weed and milkweed, appearing on buds, new shoots and foliage in the spring.

Aphis nerii

Coccinellidaesurrounded by a halo of wax. The following viruses are known to be vectored by oleander aphid:. Yet these effects differed among milkweed genotypes, and there were one or more plant genotypes for each aphid species where coexistence was predicted. Host plants of the Oleander aphid, Aphis nerii Hemiptera: Aphididae on a Redhead cotton bush, Asclepias curassavica Apocynaceae. Nevertheless, ants alone did not explain the persistence of competitively inferior Aphis asclepiadis as, even in the presence of ants, interspecific competition remained stronger than intraspecific competition.

It is anholocyclic virtually everywhere except, perhaps, Japan. Information Sources Aphids on worlds plants; Aphis nerii www. Evolutionary Ecology 3 4 However, some parasitoids and generalist insect predators are not deterred by these toxins. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 1 Mummy Many Oleander aphids are attacked by the parasitic wasp, Lysiphlebus testaceipes Cresson Hymenoptera: