B. persicae

<i>Brachycaudus persicae</i> (Passerini, 1860)

Black peach aphid

Morphological characters

1.5-2.2 mm.                
Apterous: completely black, glossy and globular, larvae are brown.
Alate: antennae medium-sized and with embossed aspect, on abdomen patch very dark, cornicles black and straight, cauda short and rounded.

See identification file

Life cycles

Dioecious holocyclic.
Monoecious on Prunus persica (peach), anholocyclic on roots of Prunus sp.

Host plants

Primary hosts: Prunus sp (peach, apricot, plum).
Secondary hosts: Scrofulariaceae.

Particular characteristics

Species regularly visited by large numbers of ants

Agronomic impact

Colonies of B. persicae lead to deformation of young branches and slowing of shoot growth.
Attacks are however rarely dangerous except in nurseries.

Ennemis naturels

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Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 28 September 2010 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet