How to recognize oleander aphid 

The oleander aphid is an average size (1.5-2.6 mm) aphid. It has a dark yellow colour and black eyes. The siphons are middle-long, black and taperedThe cauda are small, finger-shaped and black. Legs are short en relatively dark. The antennae are dark and not very long, reaching halfway the body. Winged individuals are similar to their non-winged counterparts but have a darker head. 

Oleander aphid Aphis nerii nymph
Oleander aphid
Oleander aphid Aphis nerii winged adult
Winged oleander aphid

Oleander aphid damage and distribution 

Large groups of aphids are usually found in the tops of the plants. Because of their large numbers, large amounts of honeydew are produced which can cause damage. Sometimes deformation of growth-tips is seen. Oleander aphids often live on plants that contain toxic substances, which they take up. This makes them less attractive to natural enemies.  

Oleander aphid Aphis nerii
Oleander aphid

Oleander aphid life cycle

  • parthenogenetic reproduction, viviparous
  • males do not exist
  • winged individuals arise at high density
  • several generations per year

Oleander aphid host plants

  • oleander
  • Asclepias
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