Microlophium carnosum (Buckton, 1876)

common nettle aphid

on Urtica

Microlophium carnosum: aptera on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints

Microlophium carnosum: aptera on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, Zeewolde, Harderbos © Hans Jonkman

diagnosis

Apterae 3-4 mm, green, pink, to almost black, They live up in the plant, at the undersides of the leaves; not attended by ants. Upon disturbance they let themselves drop. Often accompanied by the smaller Aphis urticata.

hostplants

Urticaceae, monophgous

Urtica dioica, urens.

Only rarely on U. urens.

synonyms

Microlophium evansi (Mason, 1925).

references

Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Barbagallo & Pollini (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2017), Börner & Franz (1956a), Buga & Stekolshchikov (2012a), Durak, Durak & Borowiak-Sobkowiak (0000a, 2011a), Heie (1994a), Influential Points (2017). Lampel & Meier (2007a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Nieto Nafría, Muñoz Martínez & Mier Durante (1987a), Osiadacz & Wieczorek (0000a, 2008a), Petrović (1998a), Tambs-Lyche (1968a), Weis (1955a).

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