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Species Aphis asclepiadis

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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 Aphidina
Genus Aphis
No Taxon (Subgenus Aphis)
Species asclepiadis (Aphis asclepiadis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aphis carduella Walsh, 1863
Aphis helianthi Monell, 1879
Aphis pentstemonis Williams, 1911
Explanation of Names
Aphis asclepiadis Fitch 1851
asclepiadis 'of Asclepias'
>10 hosts (mostly Asclepias spp.)(1)
Life Cycle
colonies usually tended by ants(1); Formica podzolica ants tending A. asclepiadis protect colonies from lethal fungal infections caused by Pandora neoaphidis(2)
Print References
Internet References
Aphidnet (Page for Aphis carduella)
Works Cited
1.Population growth and sequestration of plant toxins along a gradient of specialization in four aphid spp. on common milkweed.
Züst, T. & A.A. Agrawal. 2015. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12523 pp. 1-10.
2.Ants defend aphids against lethal disease.
Nielsen, C., A.A. Agrawal, and A.E. Hajek. 2009. Biology Letters DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0743.
3.Coexistence of three specialist aphids on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.
Smith, R.A., K.A. Mooney, A.A. Agrawal. 2008. Ecology. 89(8): 2187-2196.