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Species Aphis craccivora - Cowpea 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 Aphidinae
Tribe Aphidini
Subtribe Aphidina
Genus Aphis
No Taxon (Subgenus Aphis)
Species craccivora (Cowpea Aphid)
Explanation of Names
Author: Koch, 1854
Size
Apterae 1.4-2.0 mm
Identification
Adults always shiny black, immatures lightly dusted with wax and light brownish.
Range
native to the Palaearctic (now cosmopolitan), introduced to NA from around 1890
Food
hosts include plants of many families: Fabaceae (mainly), Malvaceae, Asteraceae, Orchidaceae, etc. with marked preference for Fabaceae
Remarks
Young colonies concentrate on the growing points of plants and are usually attended by ants.
It can be a serious pest of many crops and ornamentals.
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