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Aphids

Order Hemiptera: Family Aphididae


Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae)

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Melon Aphid (Aphis gossypii)

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Potato Aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae)

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APHID DAMAGE:

Aphid feeding may cause yellow spots, water stress, and reduced plant growth rate. If aphid feeding is prolonged, or heavy infestations occur, reduction of yield may result (Fig. 9.6). One of the major concerns of aphids is their ability to transmit plant viruses (see the disease management section of this chapter for information on virus diseases of concern for eggplant, pepper, and tomato).

Figure 9.6Figure 9.6 - Aphid infestations early in the season can reduce yield.