Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Aloe Aphids

Over the last several years we've noticed some of our aloes have been showing disfigured leaves and leaf die-back starting from just below the first several new leaves. Turns out this is the Aloe aphid. It has been in California and Florida for at at least the last several years and may be tough to control. I'll update later when we find out how to control this thing.

Aloe leaf showing signs of aloe aphid; notice leaf rotting from bacteria introduced by aphid feeding activity.
Aloe aphids clustered near upper attachment point on aloe leaf.
Closeup of aphids.

Higher power closeup of aphids.
Aloe aphid images courtesy of the Patrick Marquez, USDA APHIS PPQ,

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