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Species Melaphis rhois - Sumac Gall Aphid

Sumac Gall Aphid - Melaphis rhois I found these cocoons on the underside of staghorn sumac leaves in early August - Melaphis rhois Large gall on sumac (Rhus) - Melaphis rhois Melaphis rhois Galls - Melaphis rhois Sumac Galls - Melaphis rhois Galls on Sumac - Melaphis rhois Sumac Gall Aphids - Melaphis rhois
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 Fordini
Genus Melaphis
Species rhois (Sumac Gall Aphid)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Byrsocrypta rhois Fitch, 1866
Sumac, Rhus spp.
Life Cycle
At the end of summer winged females move to the alternate host, mosses.
It causes no significant damage to the host plants.
Internet References
Genome. Patterns of genetic diversity in the sumac gall aphid, Melaphis rhois