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Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)

Wikipedia Abstract

The black bean aphid (Aphis fabae) is a small black insect in the Aphis genus, with a broad, soft body, a member of the order Hemiptera. Other common names include blackfly, bean aphid and beet leaf aphid. In the warmer months of the year it is found in large numbers on the undersides of leaves and on the growing tips of host plants, including various agricultural crops and many wild and ornamental plants. Both winged and wingless forms exist and at this time of year, they are all females. They suck sap from stems and leaves and cause distortion of the shoots, stunted plants, reduced yield and spoiled crops. This aphid also acts as a vector for viruses that cause plant disease and the honeydew it secretes may encourage the growth of sooty mould. It breeds profusely by live birth but its nu
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Prey / Diet



Mutual (symbiont) 
Camponotus ligniperdus (Carpenter ant)[2]
Formica fusca (silky ant)[2]
Lasius niger (Black garden ant)[2]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Formica fusca (silky ant)[2]
Lasius niger (Black garden ant)[2]
Parasitized by 
Alloxysta pleuralis <Unverified Name>[2]

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
2Ecology of Commanster
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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