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Identification & Distribution
Adult apterae of Gypsoaphis oestlundi are green and quite thickly covered with white wax (see first picture below). Antennal segments I-V are very pale, but segment VI is darker. The legs are also mainly pale. There are no dark markings on the dorsal abdomen, but it does have a full set of marginal tubercles. The siphunculi are as pores with partly sclerotized rims. The cauda is semicircular, much shorter than its basal width in dorsal view. The body length of adult Gypsoaphis oestlundi apterae is 1.5-3.3 mm. Immatures are coloured as the adults and covered with white wax.
Both images above by permission, copyright Claude Pilon, all rights reserved.
Alatae (see picture below) are also green. They have secondary secondary rhinaria on antennal segments III and IV.
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The woolly honeysuckle aphid feeds on terminal young shoots and leaves of a few species of honeysuckle (Lonicera). The life cycle of the species is unknown. Hottes (1952) recorded Gypsoaphis oestlundi feeding on Lonicera from several locations in Illinois state, USA in the months of May and June. The species is found throughout much of North America.
Other aphids on the same host
Gypsoaphis oestlundi is recorded from 2 honeysuckle species (Lonicera dioica, Lonicera sempervirens).