Macrosiphum rosae (Linnaeus) Common name: Rose aphid. and females occur in winter, mate, and the females lay eggs on rose canes. Macrosiphum rosae, the rose aphid feeding on stem of cultivated rose. Wallingford, Oxfordshire More information; Distribution map. Aphididae – Macrosiphum rosae rose aphids – Macrosiphum rosae Aphid on Rosebud – Macrosiphum rosae Big aphid – Macrosiphum rosae.

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The cauda is rather pointed and not constricted.

A return migration takes place in autumn. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This aphid mainly overwinters as eggs on roses, but in mild winters, some adults may survive until spring. It lives in small ant attended colonies on stems of Succisa pratensis.

Current Microbiology, 34 4: Rose aphids damage the aesthetic appearance of rosebushes by contorting the flowers and mmacrosiphum, and by the sticky honeydew they produce, which often provides a surface on which sooty moulds develop.

The Thomas Say Foundation. Use of Phelia tanacetifolia strips to enhance biological control of aphids by hoverfly larvae in cereal fields. The alate females are similar to the apterae, except that the head and thorax are dark.

Rose Aphids – Bugwoodwiki

An analysis of the influence of rose bush strip management on aphid population in wheat field. Aphids are dark red or violet with black siphunculiu. A further advantage of this method is that most insect predators of aphids see below on conserving natural enemies are somewhat more resilient to this treatment, and will simply climb back on the plant to finish off the survivors.


It is invasive, spreading with ease, establishing readily, and having considerable economic impact on cultivated roses. Variability of quantitative characters and enzyme loci in rose aphid populations.

Macrosiphum rosae

The siphunculi are quite long, and are slightly swollen and dark-tipped. Parasitic Wasp… …depositing egg inside the body of the aphid nymph. Feeds on Aphis sp. The blue tit for example is known to predate rose aphids see rose aphid predation by blue tits. They are such an extraordinary sight at least in Britain that they should be conserved for their biodiversity value and regarded as a feature of the garden, rather than being sprayed to oblivion.

Macrosiphum rosae alatae have conspicuous black sclerites along the sides of the abdomen. Palmer, ; Smith and Parron, Males are small, dark, wingless and very active. In spring they colonise the young growth of rose, and produce large numbers of alates. roxae

It also excludes species of aphids that accidentally find themselves on a rose but fail to produce a viable colony otherwise there could be, potentially, more than species of ‘rose aphids’. Tomiuk J; Wohrmann K, Infestations concentrate around new shoots and flower buds.

However, there is no guarantee that predators will actually move from one plant to another.

The young shoots and developing flower buds become twisted and contorted as a result of the digestive action of the saliva injected see picture below. These are systemic and broad spectrum and include thiacloprid e. An annotated list of Aphididae Homoptera of North America. Cosmopolitan, occurring wherever roses are found.

Their siphunculi are slightly swollen rather symmetrically about their inner and outer faces, they have dark tips and a small flange.


Smith and Parron, ; Sugimoto, Biosystematic studies on the Aphidiidae of Israel Hymenoptera: Others may be tinted with more pink. I’ve also now heard back from Ed Baker about this, and he’s got the paper by Keith Harris that you mention – apparently it has a key to the larvae in it. Aphididaea new pest of rose in India.

Rose Aphids – Control and Identification

Another reason that Macrosiphum rosae rsae most damage is that it may remain on rose all year albeit some winged forms may migrate to their alternative, summer, hosts of teasel and valerian. Retrieved 31 May Py Spray Garden Insect Killerplant oils e. Rose growing in Queensland. Macrosiphum rosae has a worldwide distribution.

Aphididae and Tetranychus urticae Koch Acari: Effect of meteorological parameters on the population dynamics of aphid on rose. It is often impossible to identify the aphid species from the fosae, but the long slightly curving siphunculi strongly suggest it was Macrosiphum rosae.

Most general-use insecticides, including the “rose systemics” Disystonare usually effective.

It is often a pest on various crops such as potato Solanum tuberosumlettuce Lactuca sativa and beets Beta vulgaris as eosae as on numerous garden ornamentals. In spring they colonise the young growth of rose, and produce large numbers of alates. Content is available for non-profit, educational use under our Copyright Agreement.