Grape phylloxera


Photo: Kevin Powell, DEPI Victoria

  • A number of highly virulent strains of Phylloxera not yet present in Australia exist throughout most of the world’s viticultural regions
  • This small aphid-like insect is spread through infested plant material and soil
  • Infested vines will show low vigour during spring/early summer, then show yellowing and/or marginal reddening of the leaves during late summer/early autumn
  • Other visual symptoms include galls on fibrous roots and in some cases obvious galls will appear on the leaves

High priority pest of: Dried fruit, Table grapes, Wine grapes

Scientific name: Daktulosphaira vitifoliae (exotic strains) Type B
EPPRD Category: 3
Life Form: Stink bugs, aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies & hoppers (HEMIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol