Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphis aurantii

Aphis aurantii Boyer de Fonscolombe, 1841

black citrus aphid, camellia aphid, tea aphid

strongly polyphagous

Aphis aurantii: aptera on Camellia spec.

Camellia spec., UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


Apterae 1-2 mm; in dense, ant-attended colonies on shoots and undersides of young leaves, causing slight rolling, twisting or bending of mid-ribs. Large colonies produce an audible scraping sound when disturbed.


Polyphagous, living on a large number of species, of mainly tropical families: Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Araliaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Lauraceae, Moraceae, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae, Sterculiaceae, Theaceae.

Anagallis arvensis; Annona muricata; Camellia japonica; Cestrum nocturnum; Citrus aurantium, limon, medica, paradisi, reticulata, sinensis; Erica multiflora; Euonymus europaeus, japonicus; Ficus carica, mcrocarpa, religiosa; Hydrangea macrophylla; Ilex aquifolium; Magnolia; Muehlenbeckia; Philadelphus; Pittosporum tobira; Pyrus communis; Rhamnus alaternus; Ulmus minor.


Toxoptera aurantii.


In most of Europe only in greenhouses etc.


Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2018), González Funes & Michelena Saval (1988b), Houard (1909a), Łabanowski (0000a), Lampel & Meier (2007a), Mansilla Vázquez, Barrote Meira, Pintos Varela & Salinero Corral (2002a), Mifsud, Falzon, Malumphy, ao (012a), Mifsud, Mangion, Azzopardi ao (2011a), Nieto Nafría, Carnero Hernández & Mier Durante (1977a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, García Prieto & Pérez Hidalgo (2005a), Piron, de Haas & Sonnemans (2019a), Seljak (2013a), Tavares (1905a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 27.i.2022