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Species Hyalopterus pruni - Mealy Plum Aphid

Mealy Plum Aphid (Hyalopterus pruni) - Hyalopterus pruni Hyalopterus pruni - female Hyalopterus pruni - female Hyalopterus pruni Mealy Plum Aphids - Hyalopterus pruni Mealy Plum Aphids - Hyalopterus pruni Mealy plum aphid - Hyalopterus pruni - female Mealy plum aphid - Hyalopterus pruni - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Aphidoidea
Family Aphididae (Aphids)
Subfamily Aphidinae
Tribe Aphidini
Subtribe Rhopalosiphina
Genus Hyalopterus
Species pruni (Mealy Plum Aphid)
Identification
The adult is pale bluish green and has a white, powdery coating that makes it look gray to light green.(1) Some individuals in the colony may be pink.
Range
Found across the U.S.
Season
Spring through Fall
Food
Apricot, peach, plum, reed grasses and cattails.
Life Cycle
The aphids overwinter in the egg stage near the base of flower buds. They hatch when the buds bloom. The adults will remain wingless for 3-13 generations before winged adults appear during warmer weather in June/July. The winged adults will move to reed grasses or cattails, while the wingless adults will remain on the fruit tree. The winged adults return to the fruit trees in the fall to lay eggs which will overwinter. (2)
Remarks
Non native, introduced from the Mediterranean region around 1879.