Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rhopalosiphum maidis

Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch, 1856

corn leaf aphid

on Poaceae


Apterae 1-2 mm, oval, yellowish green dark olive green or bluish green, sometimes dusted with wax, with short dark siphunculi. They live on the young leaves.

host plants

Poaceae, broadly oligophagous

Arundo donax; Avena fatua, sativa; Cenchrus ciliaris; Ceratochloa cathartica; Digitaria sanguinalis; Echinochloa crus-galli; Hordeum murinum, vulgare & subsp. distichon; Oryza sativa; Panicum capillare; Paspalum distichum; Phragmites australis; Saccharum; Secale; Setaria pumila, viridis; Sorghum bicolor, halepense; Triticum aestivum, turgidum subsp. durum; Zea mays.

Occasionally on Cyperaceae and Typhaceae


Asiatic in origin, cannot survive the winter outdoors in more northern regions.


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Barbagallo & Pollini (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2017), Buhr (1965a), Heie (1986a), Hellrigl (2004a), Lampel & Meier (2007a), Mier Durante & Nieto Nafría (1983a), Mifsud, Mangion, Azzopardi ao (2011a), Nieto Nafría, Carnero Hernández & Mier Durante (1977a), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1982a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, García Prieto & Pérez Hidalgo (2005a), Nieto Nafría & de Benito Dorrego (1976a), Nieto Nafría, Muñoz Martínez & Mier Durante (1987a), Pérez Hidalgo, Martínez Peláez & Nieto Nafría (2001a), Petrović (1998a), Seco Fernández, Mier Durante, Blaso Zumeta & Nieto Nafrîa (1998a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

Last modified 31.i.2019