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Aphid
Cabbage aphid
Mealy Aphid Kale
Mealy aphids on a kale leaf
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Aphidoidea
Family: Aphididae
Genus: Brevicoryne
Species: Brevicoryne brassicae
Risk period
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Synonyms
Cabbage aphis

Mealy aphid
Mealy bug

Turnip aphid

The Mealy aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae)is a destructive aphid (plant louse) native to Europe that is now found in many other areas of the world.[1] The aphids feed on many varieties of produce, including cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and many other members of the genus Brassica,[1] but do not feed on plants outside of the Cruciferae family.

ControlEdit

Different varieties of cultivars have varying resistance to Brevicoryne brassicae.[2] Diaeretiella rapae is a common wasp parasite of cabbage aphids.[3]Other controlling insects include ladybird beetles, syrphid fly larvae, and lacewing larvae.[1][3] Some insecticidal soaps may be effective in treating aphid infestations.[3]

ExamplesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. a b c Martin Kessing, J.L. Mau, R.F.L. (1991). Brevicoryne brassicae (linnaeus) - Cabbage Aphid. Crop Knowledge Master. University of Hawaii, Manoa. Retrieved: 2010-08-09.
  2. "Resistance to cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae) in six brassica accessions in New Zealand", New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science, 1995, Vol. 23: 25-29
  3. a b c Hines, R.L. and Hutchison, W.D. (2009). Cabbage Aphids. University of Minnesota - Department of Entomology. Retrieved: 2010-08-09.
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