C. leucomelas

Chaitophorus leucomelas Koch, 1854

Black poplar leaf aphid

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1.2-2.4 mm.
Apterous: with numerous hairs, green with dark stripes interrupted in central part and cornicles black.
Alate: with broad dark stripes on abdomen and marginal sclerites highly pigmented, cornicles short, cylindrical and dark, cauda knobbed.

See identification file

Monoecious holocyclic 

Populus spp, more particularly Populus nigra (black poplar) and P. nigra var. italica (Lombardy polar)

Chaitophorus leucomelas lives on underside of leaves and young shoots.
In spring, colonies are visited by ants.

Natural enemies

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Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 19 July 2012 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet