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Aphis nerii
(sweet pepper aphid)

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Aphis nerii (sweet pepper aphid)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 15 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Aphis nerii
  • Preferred Common Name
  • sweet pepper aphid
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Pictures

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PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
Aphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); virginoparae on a leaf. Florida, USA.
TitleVirginoparae
CaptionAphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); virginoparae on a leaf. Florida, USA.
Copyright©David Cappaert/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US
Aphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); virginoparae on a leaf. Florida, USA.
VirginoparaeAphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); virginoparae on a leaf. Florida, USA.©David Cappaert/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US
Aphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). USA. August, 2004.
TitleInfestation
CaptionAphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). USA. August, 2004.
Copyright©Daren Mueller/Iowa State University/Bugwood.org - CC BY 3.0 US
Aphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). USA. August, 2004.
InfestationAphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). USA. August, 2004.©Daren Mueller/Iowa State University/Bugwood.org - CC BY 3.0 US
Aphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); close-up of infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). Note the black legs and siphunculi. USA. August, 2004.
TitleInfestation
CaptionAphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); close-up of infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). Note the black legs and siphunculi. USA. August, 2004.
Copyright©Daren Mueller/Iowa State University/Bugwood.org - CC BY 3.0 US
Aphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); close-up of infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). Note the black legs and siphunculi. USA. August, 2004.
InfestationAphis nerii (sweet pepper or oleander aphid); close-up of infestation on a milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.). Note the black legs and siphunculi. USA. August, 2004.©Daren Mueller/Iowa State University/Bugwood.org - CC BY 3.0 US

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe

Preferred Common Name

  • sweet pepper aphid

Other Scientific Names

  • Anuraphis nerii (Boyer de Fonscolombe)
  • Aphis asclepiadis
  • Aphis lutescens Monell
  • Cerosipha nerii (Boyer de Fonscolombe)

International Common Names

  • English: milkweed aphid; oleander aphid
  • Spanish: pulgón del laurel rosa
  • French: puceron des laurier-roses

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Blattlaus, Oleander-

EPPO code

  • APHINE (Aphis nerii)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hemiptera
  •                         Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
  •                             Unknown: Aphidoidea
  •                                 Family: Aphididae
  •                                     Genus: Aphis
  •                                         Species: Aphis nerii

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

Asia

IndiaPresentCAB Abstracts
-Jammu and KashmirUnconfirmed record
-Uttar PradeshPresentUsmani and Uzma, 2009
IraqUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
JapanPresentCAB Abstracts
-HokkaidoUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-HonshuPresentCAB Abstracts
Korea, Republic ofPresentAPPPC, 1987
LebanonUnconfirmed record
Middle EastPresentT. Pittaway
PakistanUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
PhilippinesUnconfirmed record
Saudi ArabiaPresentAl-Dhafer et al., 2012
South East AsiaPresentT. Pittaway
SyriaUnconfirmed record
VietnamUnconfirmed record

Africa

AngolaUnconfirmed record
EgyptUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

North America

MexicoPresent
USAUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-CaliforniaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-HawaiiUnconfirmed record
-IllinoisUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

Central America and Caribbean

GuadeloupeUnconfirmed record
Puerto RicoPresent

South America

ArgentinaPresent
PeruPresentMallqui and Cobián, 2011
VenezuelaPresent

Europe

HungaryPresent
PortugalUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
SpainUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

Oceania

AustraliaUnconfirmed record
-QueenslandUnconfirmed record
-VictoriaUnconfirmed record

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / honeydew or sooty mould

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Aphelinus asychis Parasite Adults/Nymphs
Aphidius colemani Parasite Adults/Nymphs Lebanon Nerium oleander
Aphytis melinus Parasite Adults/Nymphs Greece Citrus
Cheilomenes sexmaculata Predator Adults/Nymphs
Coccinella transversalis Predator Adults/Nymphs
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Predator Adults/Nymphs
Hippodamia convergens Predator Adults/Nymphs
Leucopis ninae Predator Adults/Nymphs
Lysiphlebus testaceipes Parasite Adults/Nymphs Australia; Victoria; Guadeloupe; Hawaii Nerium oleander
Scaeva albomaculata Predator Adults/Nymphs
Sphaerophoria menthrasti Predator Adults/Nymphs
Trioxys indicus Parasite Adults/Nymphs

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