Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphis pilosellae

Aphis pilosellae (Börner, 1952)

green mouse-ear hawkweed aphid

on Pilosella, etc.Aphis pilosellae: aptera on Pilosella officinarum

Pilosella officinarum, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


Apterae 1-2 mm, light to rather dark green often mottled; siphunculi and cauda blackish; legs black but most of the tibiae and bases of the femora transparent; at the underside of the basal leaves and on underground runners.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Hieracium bupleuroides, laevigatum, murorum; Pilosella aurantiaca, bauhinii, caespitosa, echioides, hoppeana, lactucella, officinarum.

The main host plant is Pilosella officinarum; only rarely it occurs on Hieracium (Holman). Suay Cano & González Funes report as a new host plant Helminthotheca echioides.


Cerosipha pilosellae; Aphis pilosellae Hille Ris Lambers, 1956.


Blackman & Eastop (2017), Börner & Franz (1956a), Eklo & Hofsvang (2008a), Heie (1986a), Hille Ris Lambers (1956a), Holman (1998a), Müller (1986a), Osiadacz & Wojciechowski (2008a), Petrović (1998a), Stekolshchikov, Leshchinskaya, Buga & Voronova (2010a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

Last modified 22.i.2019