Microlophium carnosum (Buckton, 1876)

common nettle aphid

on Urtica

Microlophium carnosum: aptera on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints

Microlophium carnosum: colony on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, 30.v.2018 © László Érsek

Microlophium carnosum: colony on Urtica dioica

detail

Microlophium carnosum: aptera

aptera

Microlophium carnosum: aptera

aptera

Microlophium carnosum: larval alate

larval alate

Microlophium carnosum: alate

alate

Microlophium carnosum: alate

alate

Microlophium carnosum: aptera on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, Zeewolde, Harderbos © Hans Jonkman

diagnosis

Apterae 3-4 mm, green, pink, to almost black; long antennae; siphunculi long and slender, terminating in a flange. They live up in the plant, at the undersides of the leaves; not attended by ants. Upon disturbance they let themselves drop. Often accompanied by the smaller Aphis urticata.

hostplants

Urticaceae, monophagous

Urtica dioica, urens.

Only rarely on U. urens.

synonyms

Microlophium evansi (Mason, 1925).

references

Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Barbagallo & Pollini (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2017), Börner & Franz (1956a), Buga & Stekolshchikov (2012a), Durak, Durak & Borowiak-Sobkowiak (0000a, 2011a), Heie (1994a), Influential Points (2017). Lampel & Meier (2007a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Nieto Nafría, Muñoz Martínez & Mier Durante (1987a), Osiadacz & Wieczorek (0000a, 2008a), Petrović (1998a), Tambs-Lyche (1968a), Weis (1955a).

mod 5.xii.2018