SEARCH THIS SITE

OzAnimals.com
Australian Wildlife

  Cotton Aphid (Aphis gossypii)





Cotton Aphid | Aphis gossypii photo
infestation of Aphis gossypii on cotton

Image by Mississippi State University Archive, United States - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Cotton Aphid | Aphis gossypii photo
winged form of Aphis gossypii on cotton

Image by Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, United States - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



COTTON APHID FACTS

Identification
The Cotton Aphid, an introduced species, is a major pest of cotton and other crops, and also a common garden pest. The aphid varies in colour and may be light green, dark green, pale yellow or almost white. It is often light green mottled with darker green, with dark siphunculi (the tubes on the abdomen). Winged alates have black head, thorax and siphunculi.

Size
length 1mm - 2mm

Food
The Cotton Aphid is a pest of various horticultural and garden plants berries, citrus, cotton, fruit, vegetables and various ornamentals.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Aphididae
Genus:Aphis
Species:gossypii
Common Name:Cotton Aphid

Relatives in same Genus
  Milkweed Aphid (A. nerii)
  Aphid (A. unknown species)