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Species Prociphilus tessellatus - Woolly Alder Aphid

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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 Eriosomatinae (Woolly Aphids and Gall-making Aphids)
Tribe Pemphigini
Genus Prociphilus
Species tessellatus (Woolly Alder Aphid)
Other Common Names
Maple blight aphid
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eriosoma tessellata Fitch, 1851
Paraprociphilus tessellatus (Paraprociphilus is now considered a subgenus of Prociphilus)
Identification
Gray to black in color. It gets its name from the fluffy, white wax found on its abdomen. Colonies are obvious because of their white, fuzzy appearance.
Range
East of the Mississippi River
Food
Silver maple and alder
Life Cycle
It requires alder and silver maple to complete its life cycle. Occasionally, it is found on red maple.
The aphids on the trees are wingless. They feed on sap from the time of bud-break until late June. Then winged adults, some with abdomens covered in white fluffy wax, are produced in the colonies. These winged migrants readily fly when disturbed. Iowa State University
Remarks
They are usually seen on leaves, twigs or bark. Although infested leaves shrivel and drop early, the pests cause little permanent damage. As a result of the honeydew, sidewalks and cars become sticky.
They are an important resource for natural biological controls such as lacewings, lady beetles, hover flies, and parasitic wasps. Tolerance of aphid presence is one way to encourage beneficial insects. Iowa State University
The predaceous caterpillars of the butterfly Feniseca tarquinius feed on these aphids.