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Genus Cerataphis

Palm aphid - Cerataphis Scale insect - Cerataphis orchidearum Scale insect - Cerataphis orchidearum Palm Aphid - Cerataphis Palm Aphid - Cerataphis
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 Hormaphidinae (Witch Hazel Gall Aphids and Palm Aphids)
Genus Cerataphis
Explanation of Names
Author: Lichtenstein 1882
Numbers
Nearctica lists 3 species.
Identification
Distinguishing the two palm-feeding species requires examination of the underside. C. brasiliensis has one or more pairs of dagger-like hairs on the underside of the head, whereas C. lataniae lacks thse hairs.
Food
Cerataphis brasiliensis and C. lataniae (both of which have been called C. palmae in the past) feed on palms (Arecaceae); C. orchidearum feeds on orchids (Orchidaceae).