Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Brachycaudus persicae

Brachycaudus persicae Passerini, 1860

black peach aphid

on Prunus, primary host plant

Brachycaudus persicae: aptera and immatures on Prunus persica

Prunus persica, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


2 mm large, shining dark brown aphids with black siphunculi on the young branches, later in the summer also on root suckers.

host plants

Rosaceae, narrowly monophagous

Prunus armeniaca, avium, domestica, dulcis, persica, spinosa.

on Orobanchaceae, secondary host plants


aphids on the above-ground parts.

host plants

Orobanchaceae, oligophagous

Euphrasia; Melampyrum pratense; Odontites luteus; Parentucellia; Rhinanthus angustifolius.


Brachycaudus persicaecola (Boisduval, 1967), ? B. semisubterraneus Börner, 1951.


Blackman & Eastop consider persicae a complex of species.


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a) , Blackman & Eastop (2014), Buhr (1965a). Heie (1992a), Hellrigl (2004a), Laamari, Coeur d’Acier & Jousselin (2013a), Lampel & Meier (2007a), Meliá Masiá (1986a), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1982a), Petrović (1998a), Roskam (2009a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998b), Tambs-Lyche (1970a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

Last modified 25.iv.2023