Insect predators

The insect predators of aphids

The aphids represent a regular food resource, drawn on by numerous predators, especially insects.

The insect predators of aphids, auxiliaries for agriculture, are distributed over many entomological families. The best known is probably the Coccinellidae (ladybirds) wnich belong to the order Coleoptera. This order comprises other families that are also predators of aphids. Besides the Coleoptera, there are Diptera (hoverflies), Neuroptera (lacewings), Dermaptera, Hymenoptera and Hemiptera whose significance as predators remains to be properly established.

The files describe the different genera and species that show an interest in aphids as their food. These compilations are not exhaustive. They give information concerning:

  • morphology  
  • biology and behavior
  • ecology 
  • habitat 
  • distribution


Coccinella septempunctata : larve
Coccinella septempunctata
Scaeva pyrastri : larve
Scaeva pyrastri
Chrysoperla carnea : larve
Chrysoperla carnea
Deraeocoris ruber transperçant Uroleucon tanaceti
Deraeocoris ruber


Modification date: 15 May 2024 | Publication date: 29 November 2010 | By: Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet