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Capitophorus elaeagni (Del Gercio, 1894)

Common oleaster aphid

Capitophorus elaeagni : adulte aptère
Capitophorus elaeagni : adulte ailé
Capitophorus elaeagni : colonie
Capitophorus elaeagni : adulte ailé mycosé

Morphological characters

1.4-2.5 mm.Identification file
Apterous: greenish to yellowish, translucent, difficult to see, blends in easily with leaves; cornicles long, fine and light-coloured with tip slightly coloured
Alate: pale green, antennae fine and long, patch compact, rectangular and pigmented, cornicles long, cylindrical, pale; cauda short.

See identification file

Life cycles

Dioecious holocyclic.

Host plants

Primary hosts: Hippophae (sea buckthorn) and Elaeagnus (oleaster).
Secondary hosts: Cynara (artichoke), Carduus (plumeless thistles), Cirsium (thistles)

Particular characteristics

Agronomic impact

It can cause economically important damage on crops of artichoke.

Nutural enemies

The entomophthoral fungi can restrict the size of colonies.

Identification file

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