Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Chaitophorus populeti

Chaitophorus populeti (Panzer, 1804)

poplar-shoot aphid

on Populus

Chaitophorus populeti: colony on Populus alba

Populus alba, Biddinghuizen, Spijk- en Bremerbergbos 1.vii.2018 © Hans Jonkman

Chaitophorus populeti: colony on Populus nigra

Populus nigra, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, © László Érsek: colony on a shoot

Chaitophorus populeti: ant-attended colony on Populus nigra


Chaitophorus populeti: aptera


Chaitophorus populeti: aptera


Chaitophorus populeti: aptera


Chaitophorus populeti: aptera

aptera, ventral

Chaitophorus populeti on Populus tremula

Populus tremula, Engeland © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


Apterae 2-3 mm, hairy, with short stump-like siphunculi; the colour is shining warm brown or dark green to black, with the sides of the body always dark to black, antennae and legs lighter. Mainly at the tip of young shoots and petioles, less often at the underside of leaves (like in young leaves of suckers). Buhr writes of leaves of young shoots with extensive yellow leaf curls. Intensively attended by ants.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Populus alba, balsamifera, x berolinensis, x canadensis, x canescens, carolinensis, laurifolia, nigra, suaveolens, tremula.


Eichaitophorus populeti; Chaitophorus, Chaetophorus, betulinus van der Goot, 1912.


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2014), Börner & Franz (1956a), Buhr (1965a), Heie (1982a), Hellrigl (2004a), Lampel & Meijer (2003a), Mier Durante & Nieto Nafría (1997a), Nieto Nafría, Carnero Hernández & Mier Durante (1977a), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1981a, 1997a), Osiadacz & Wojciechowski (2008a), Pérez Hidalgo, Martínez Peláez & Nieto Nafría (2001a), Petrović (1998a), Rakauskas & Trukšinaitė (2011a), Ripka, Reider & Szalay-Marzsó (1998a), Roskam (2009a), Stroyan (1977a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998c), Szelegiewicz (1961a), Tambs-Lyche & Heie (1994a), Tomasi (2014a), Wieczorek & Osiadacz (2007a).

Last modified 2.iii.2019