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Hawthorn-parsley aphid, Rusty banded aphidOn this page: Identification & Distribution Biology & Ecology Other aphids on the same host Damage & Control
Identification & Distribution:The fundatrix of Dysaphis apiifolia is indistinguishable from that of several related species, namely Dysaphis crataegi, Dysaphis angelicae and Dysaphis lauberti. We refer to these species as the Dysaphis crataegi species group (the Hawthorn-umbellifer aphids). On the primary host the plump fundatrix (see picture below) of Dysaphis crataegi species group is bluish grey and densely powdered with wax. Their antennae are short at about 0.3 times the body length. The terminal process is 1.3-2.0 times the base of the last antennal segment. The siphunculi of aphids in this species group are quite short, about 0.08-0.09 times the body length and 1.4-1.8 times the cauda. The body length of the Dysaphis crataegi fundatrix is 1.7-2.3 mm.
The fundatrix induces a cherry-red to crimson curled-leaf gall on hawthorn (see second picture above). The galls caused by the Dysaphis crataegi species group are also indistinguishable from each other. Nearly all of the generation produced in the gall are winged (see pictures below). These winged adult females are known as 'spring migrants'.
These emigrant alates can be identified to species. Dysaphis apiifolia emigrant alates have the following characteristics:
The Dysaphis apiifolia alates migrate to the ground level parts of various Apiaceae. Apterae on the secondary host (see pictures below) are yellowish grey or greenish grey and lightly wax powdered. The longest hairs on abdominal tergite 8 are at most 11-36 µm in length, and rarely greater than 30 µm. The pictures below show adult apterae and immatures on alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) in southern England.
The micrographs below show dorsal and ventral views of an adult aptera of Dysaphis apiifolia in alcohol.
The hawthorn-parsley aphid can be found on a wide range of Apiaceae, especially parsley (Petroselinum), but also hemlock (Conium, celery (Apium), fennel (Foeniculum and alexanders (Smyrnium). Dysaphis apiifolia has not been classified into various subspecies determined by the secondary host species. Host alternation is often present in Europe, but permanent parthenogenetic populations are also common in Europe and other parts of the world.
Biology & Ecology:
We have found colonies of Dysaphis apiifolia on alexanders (see pictures of live apterae above and below) in East & West Sussex.
We have also provisionally identified colonies on fennel at Rye Harbour, East Sussex, as being Dysaphis apiifolia (see two pictures below).
On the secondary host Dysaphis apiifolia is nearly always attended and, generally, sheltered by ants (see picture below).
It is rare to find predators when Dysaphis apiifolia are ant-attended, but they are sometimes parasitized, for example by Aphidius colemani and Lysiphlebus testaceipes (Stary et al., 2007 )
Other aphids on same host:
Blackman & Eastop list 16 species of aphid as feeding on common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) worldwide, and provide formal identification keys.
Of those aphid species, Baker (2015) lists 15 as occurring in Britain: Aphis fabae, Aphis gossypii Aphis pomi, Aphis spiraecola, Aulacorthum solani, Dysaphis angelicae, Dysaphis apiifolia, Dysaphis crataegi, Dysaphis lauberti, Dysaphis ranunculi, Ovatus crataegarius, Rhopalosiphum oxyacanthae, Ovatus insitus, Prociphilus pini and Rhopalosiphum rufulum.
Damage and control
Dysaphis apiifolia can damage celery crops by stunting growth, by transmitting celery yellow spot virus and by contaminating the crop with honeydew and debris (University of California ).