Aphid key

Identification of aphids associated with Salicaceae

A key based on visual identification is provided to help you identify frequent species

The link on the species name gives access to the identification file 

Poplar (Populus)

Chaitophorus leucomelas
green with dark stripes interrupted in the central part, presence of numerous hairs, alate with wing veins dark and a stigma very dark

Chaitophorus populeti
green or brown with light spot on abdomen, presence of numerous hairs, alate with dark dorsal and central stripes

Chaitophorus populialbae
small, whitish to pale green with small green spots, alate green to yellow with stripes that may fuse

Pemphigus bursarius
colonies are hidden in purse-like galls present on leaf petioles, alate light grey, on wing, medial vein unbranched

Phloeomyzus passerinii
yellow-green, covered with abundant whitish waxy secretions which makes them easy to seer on poplar trunks, alate with wings folded flat and veins broadened and dark 

Thecabius affinis
apterous develop inside a gall formed from a folded leaf

Willow (Salix)

Aphis farinosa
marbled green with cornicles light and straight; within colony, males small and orangey

Cavariella aegopodii
yellowish green, antennae short, cornicles swollen and caudicle present above cauda

Cavariella pastinacae
very similar to C. aegopodii, the difference in procssus terminalis, longer in C. pastinacae

Chaitophorus salijaponicus niger
brown to deep black with long hairs and cornicles very short 

Pterocomma salicis
greyish black with whitish marks and small swollen cornicles, orangey to bright red

Tuberolachnus salignus
large brown aphid with large blackish tubercle on abdomen in relief

Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 30 March 2017 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet