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 tapered. The 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 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 life cycle

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

  • Oleander aphid host plants


  • Winged oleander aphid

  • Oleander aphid