Dysaphis plantaginea

Rosy apple aphid

Photo by Jack Kelly Clark, UC Statewide IPM Program

  • Apple trees are the preferred hosts
  • Aphids range from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm in length and from dark green to rosy purple and black in colour as they develop
  • Leaf symptoms include curling, discolouration and appearance of sooty mould on the surface
  • Affected fruit clusters are severely distorted and growth is stunted
  • Severe infestations can damage up to 50% of fruit in an orchard

High priority pest of: Apples and pears

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

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol