M. abietinus

Mindarus abietinus (Cholodkovsky, 1896)

Balsam twig aphid

1.7-2.0 mm.
Apterous: green to yellowish, covered with wax, antennae very short.
Alate: antennae short, wing medial vein once-branched and pterostigmata extremely elongate, cornicles reduced to pores and cauda short.

Monoecious holocyclic.

Mainly Abies alba, silver fir, A. nordmanniana, Nordmann fir.

Mindarus abietinus colonizes tender young shoots of firs. It is spotted by the presence of a mass of wax secreted by the colonies. It causes deformation of the needles.

 Three generations per year are produced. The eggs hatch in winter. In the summer small colonies are established. An apterous sexual form is produced in June and females lay their eggs. These hatch the following January.

Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 12 July 2017 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet