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Plantwise Technical Factsheet

black bean aphid (Aphis fabae)

Host plants / species affected
Allium spp.
Amaranthus (amaranth)
Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot pigweed)
Apium graveolens (celery)
Arctium lappa (burdock)
Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)
Berberis vulgaris (European barberry)
Beta spp.
Beta vulgaris (beetroot)
Brassica spp.
Cajanus cajan (pigeon pea)
Capsicum annuum (bell pepper)
Capsicum spp.
Carduus spp.
Chenopodium album (fat hen)
Chenopodium quinoa (quinoa)
Cirsium spp.
Citrus deliciosa (mediterranean mandarin)
Citrus sinensis (navel orange)
Crataegus phaenopyrum (washington thorn)
Cucumis melo (melon)
Cucumis sativus (cucumber)
Cucurbita maxima (giant pumpkin)
Cuscuta lupuliformis
Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus (globe artichoke)
Euonymus europaeus
Euonymus japonicus (Japanese spindle tree)
Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)
Glycine max (soyabean)
Gossypium (cotton)
Helianthus annuus (sunflower)
Helichrysum spp.
Hosta spp.
Lactuca sativa (lettuce)
Lonicera spp.
Lupinus luteus (yellow lupin)
Lupinus spp.
Momordica spp.
Oxytropis albiflorus
Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy)
Pastinaca sativa (parsnip)
Phaseolus coccineus (runner bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean)
Philadelphus coronarius (mock orange)
Pisum sativum (pea)
Pulsatilla grandis (greater pasque flower)
Rheum officinale (Chinese rhubarb)
Rosa spp.
Rumex (Dock)
Sambucus spp.
Sinapis alba (white mustard)
Solanum (nightshade)
Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)
Solanum nigrum (black nightshade)
Solanum tuberosum (potato)
Spinacia oleracea (spinach)
Tanacetum vulgare (tansy)
Urtica spp.
Viburnum opulus (Guelder rose)
Viburnum spp.
Vicia faba (faba bean)
Vicia spp.
Vigna unguiculata (cowpea)
Vitis vinifera (grapevine)
Zea mays (maize)
List of symptoms/signs
Growing point  -  external feeding
Inflorescence  -  external feeding
Inflorescence  -  honeydew or sooty mould
Leaves  -  external feeding
Leaves  -  honeydew or sooty mould
Leaves  -  wilting
Leaves  -  yellowed or dead
Whole plant  -  dwarfing
Whole plant  -  external feeding
Whole plant  -  plant dead; dieback
Direct feeding damage results in loss of sap and injury to plant tissues. Young plants are particularly vulnerable. Plants may be stunted and may die under heavy attack. Leaves may appear wilted. Seed formation is subsequently reduced. Indirect damage occurs through virus spread.
Related treatment support
Plantwise Factsheets for Farmers
de la Riva Aragon, N.; CABI, 2014, Spanish language
Karanja, P.; Toepfer, S.; Edgington, S.; Hobbs, S.; CABI, 2011, English language
Pest Management Decision Guides
Nyirenda, S. P.; Katende, E.; CABI, 2016, English language
Siisii, T. Z.; Moonga, M. K.; CABI, 2015, English language
Njoroge, C.; Munyao, P.; Kuboka, M.; CABI, 2014, English language
CABI; CABI, 2018, English language
External factsheets
BBC Pest and Disease Factsheets, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), English language
Aberaeron Allotment Association Fact Files, Aberaeron Allotment Association, English language
NYS IPM Factsheets, Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2008, English language
University of California IPM Pest Management Guidelines, University of California, 2012, English language
Biovision Factsheets, Biovision Foundation, 2011, English language
Video factsheets
Agropedia ICRISAT PPT-Videos, IIT, Kanpur, 2014, English language
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