Chaitophorus leucomelas Koch, 1854

black-poplar leaf aphid

on Populus

Chaitophorus leucomelas: colony on Populus nigra

Populus nigra, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, © László Érsek

Chaitophorus leucomelas: colony on Populus nigra

apterae and larvae

Chaitophorus leucomelas on Populus nigra

Populus nigra, England © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints

Chaitophorus leucomelas on Populus nigra

Populus nigra, in old gall of Thecabius affinis, Denmark © Simon Haarder


Aphids also between leaves spun together by caterpillars and in leaf galls vacated by other insects. But also at the underside of the leaves and at the tips of young shoots. The colour is variable, but contrary to Ch. populeti that also lives on poplars, the sides of the body are light on colour.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Populus x berolinensis, x canadensis, carolinensis, nigra, simonii, tremula.


Chaitophorus, Eichaitophorus, versicolor Koch 1854.

Eichaitophorus mesomelas Koch”. Buhr used this name for what apparently is C. leucomelas; the name mesomelas is not known even to the Aphid Species File (2014).


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Barbagallo & Pollini (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2014), Braggion (2013a), Börner & Franz (1956a), Buhr (1965a), Durak, Durak & Borowiak-Sobkowiak (0000a), Heie (1982a), Houard (1909a, Laamari, Coeur d’Acier & Jousselin (2013a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Meliá Masiá (1986a), Mier Durante & Nieto Nafría (1981a, 1983a, 1997a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Nieto Nafría, Carnero Hernández & Mier Durante (1977a), Nieto Nafría, Latteur, Mier Durante ao (1999a), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1981a, 1998a), Pérez Hidalgo, Martínez Peláez & Nieto Nafría (2001a), Petrović (1998a), Ripka, Reider & Szalay-Marzsó (1998a), Stroyan (1977a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998c), Szelegiewicz (1961a), Tambs-Lyche & Heie (1994a), Wieczorek & Osiadacz (2007a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

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