Identification & Distribution:
The abdominal tergites of Takecallis arundicolens are pale, without any dark patches. The cauda is conspicuously black (clearly visible in the picture at the rear of the aphid's abdomen).
The black-tailed bamboo aphid feeds on bamboo (Phyllostachys spp. and Sasa spp.)
as well as common reed (Phragmites australis) (our own record in the UK). Takecallis arundicolens is an invasive species originally found in China, Japan, and Korea but now also present in Europe and North America.
Other aphids on same host:
- Of approximately 50 aphid species that feed on bamboo worldwide, Blackman & Eastop (1984) list 12 'widely distributed species'. Of those Baker (2015) lists just 3 as occurring in Britain:
- Blackman & Eastop list about 24 species of aphids as feeding on Phragmites australis worldwide, and provide formal identification keys for aphids on Phragmites.
Of the species feeding on Phragmites australis Baker (2015) lists 11 as occurring in Britain.
- Blackman, R.L. & Eastop, V.F. (1984). Aphids on the world's crops: an identification guide. J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.