Aphis gossypii

Cotton aphid

Photo by Mississippi State University Archive, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org

  • Found in every cotton-growing region in the world
  • Risk is from new strains establishing that may carry exotic pathogens or show greater pesticide resistance
  • Small (less than 1.5 mm), range in colour from pale green to almost black, and have two short projections (‘exhaust pipes’) from the rear end
  • Infestations often associated with honey-dew on leaves
  • Look for aphid infestations that do not respond to current pesticide applications
  • Can walk or fly between plants and spread long distances in wind or on plant material

High priority pest of: Cotton, Production nurseries

Scientific name: Aphis gossypii (exotic strains)
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Stink bugs, aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies & hoppers (HEMIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol