Rosy apple aphid

Dysaphis plantaginea

This aphid is easily distinguishable from the green apple aphid by its rose-colored body. Rosy apple aphids generally increase their populations during the spring, which is earlier in the season than green apple aphids. Their feeding causes leaves to curl and deforms shoots. When feeding occurs in fruit clusters, the toxic saliva, which is injected into the tree during feeding, stunts and distorts fruit growth. These aphids migrate from apple trees to weed hosts in late June to early July; therefore, controls for this species are not necessary in orchards during summer.

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