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Takecallis arundicolens

Black-tailed bamboo aphid

Identification & Distribution  Other aphids on the same host 

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:


We have made provisional identifications from high resolution photos of living specimens, along with host plant identity. In the great majority of cases, identifications have been confirmed by microscopic examination of preserved specimens. We have used the keys and species accounts of Blackman & Eastop (1994)  and Blackman & Eastop (2006)  supplemented with Blackman (1974) , Stroyan (1977) , Stroyan (1984) , Blackman & Eastop (1984) , Heie (1980-1995) , Dixon & Thieme (2007)  and Blackman (2010) . We fully acknowledge these authors as the source for the (summarized) taxonomic information we have presented. Any errors in identification or information are ours alone, and we would be very grateful for any corrections. For assistance on the terms used for aphid morphology we suggest the figure  provided by Blackman & Eastop (2006).

Useful weblinks 


  •  Blackman, R.L. & Eastop, V.F. (1984). Aphids on the world's crops: an identification guide. J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.