Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rhopalosiphum maidis

Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch, 1856)

corn leaf aphid

on Poaceae

Rhopalosiphum maidis on Zea mays

Zea mays, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, 1.ix.2013 © László Érsek

Rhopalosiphum maidis on Zea mays


Rhopalosiphum maidis on Zea mays

ant attendannce

Rhopalosiphum maidis on Sorghum bicolor

Sorghum bicolor, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, 13.ix.2013 © László Érsek

Rhopalosiphum maidis on Sorghum bicolor


Rhopalosiphum maidis on Sorghum bicolor

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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 and in the inflorescence.

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), Tambs-Lyche (1971a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

Last modified 29.iv.2023