Sugarcane woolly aphid

Sugarcane woolly aphids cluster together on the undersides of leaves. Image SRA

  • Significant yield loss can occur, with losses of up to 30% reported overseas.

Description and symptoms

  • Small (2 mm long) white coloured aphids that have a woolly appearance.
  • Copious excretion of honeydew may cause development of sooty mould.


  • Spreads with the movement of infested plant material.
  • Potentially wind dispersed.

High priority pest of: Sugarcane

Scientific name: Ceratovacuna lanigera
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Stink bugs, aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies & hoppers (HEMIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol