Laingia psammae Theobald, 1922

marram-flower aphid

on Poaceae (Cyperaceae)

Laingia psammae

from Wieckzorek (2010a)

Laingia psammae: gall on Calamagrostis epigejos

Calamagrostis epigejos, Belgium, prov. Namur, Romedenne © Sébastien Carbonelle

Laingia psammae: aptera

aphid

Laingia psammae on Arrhenatherum elatius

Arrhenatherum elatius, Polen, Bialowieza © Sébastien Carbonelle

Laingia psammae on Arrhenatherum elatius

the elongated aphids

gall

the aphids are unusually elongated, greyish green or dirty yellow, 2-3 mm long. No host plant alternation, seldom ant visits. The aphids often live in the inflorescences, that may become sticky by the honeydew, and subsequently blackened by sooty mould.

hostplants

Poaceae, broadly oligophagous

Agrostis stolonifera; Alopecurus genniculatus, pratensis; Ammophila arenaria & subsp. arundinacea; Arrhenatherum; spec.; Calamagrostis arundinacea, epigeios, villosa; Corynephorus canescens; Deschampsia cespitosa; Elytrigia repens; Glyceria fluitans; Holcus lanatus; Koeleria macrantha; Leymus arenarius, secalinus, Panicum spec.; Phleum pretense; Setaria spec.; Triticum aestivum.

In the Iberian peninsula also on Carex acutiformis. The main host plant is Calamagrostis epigeios (Wieczorek).

references

Blackman & Eastop (2015), Börner & Heinze (1957a), Buhr (1964b), Heie (1982a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1998a), Osiadacz & Wojciechowski (2008a), de la Peña, Vandomme & Frago (2014a), Stroyan (1977a), Tomasi (2014a), Vandegehuchte, de la Peña & Bonte (2010a), Wieczorek (2010a).

mod 16.ii.2018