Sycamore aphid, Drepanosiphum platanoidis Koch. Aphids produce honeydew that supports growth of a black sooty mold fungus. By October most of the sycamore aphid population is comprised of winged males and oviparous females and mating pairs can often be seen on the leaves, as shown above. Sycamore trees have serrated lobed leaves that resemble maple leaves with three to five lobes. Stop ants from helping out aphids. 1, pp. Ants and aphids are mutually beneficial to each other, as aphids help provide food for ants. Materials and methods The aphids used in this study were collected from syca-more trees (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) in the grounds of Glasgow University and consisted of the nymphs and Many aphids, especially those on fruits and vegetables, go through an annual cycle that involves two or more host plants. Bob, Influentialpoints: Trivial flights occur when the aphid changes its position within the canopy of the tree, or disperses to adjacent trees. Both types are more common when there are high densities of fourth instar nymphs. Normally the eggs of Drepanosiphum platanoidis are laid in crevices in the bark more than 50 cm from a terminal bud (Dixon, 1976). The alate female Drepanosiphum platanoidis has a yellow-brown head and thorax with darker brown markings. Sycamore Lace Bug: Sycamore lace bug (Corythucha ciliata) gets its name from the lacy pattern seen on the adult’s wings, head, and thorax (chest region).The adult is small, 1 /8 inch in length and brown to black in color. Again not great photos (though I have to add that I now have a new and excellent camera, though the operator is unchanged). These infestations usually do no real harm to the tree. He found that red forms can be induced to develop in the third generation if the aphids are kept at high temperatures. If the alate develops in spring or autumn, it has variably developed dark cross-bars (see second picture below), but if it develops in mid summer, there are no cross-bands and the aphid is generally paler (see third picture below). You can remove aphids from small trees with a strong spray of water from a hose. are planted to create fast-growing screens for home landscaping. This aphid species is not known to reproduce on any tree other than sycamore, but perhaps it can use other plant species as a reserve host to keep them alive before the alatae migrate to another sycamore tree. Red adults give birth only to red nymphs so that within the population clones of red aphids develop. The image above shows a common sycamore aphid nymph living - and apparently feeding - not on sycamore, but on walnut (Juglans regia)! They are aggregated on rough bark, with competition among oviparae for the best oviposition sites. The picture above shows a young nymph of Drepanosiphum platanoidis on a sycamore bud in March. These soft-bodied, pear-shaped insects measure a little under 1/4 inch long … Little more is known about the red form of the sycamore aphid but it seems to be more active than the green form, possibly develops faster, and is possibly better adapted to withstand the high temperatures and overcrowded conditions prevalent in summer. All adult viviparae are alates. Am I right this time? The end of the abdomen of the ovipara is extended like an ovipositor. The offspring of the fundatrices, which reach maturity in summer, are always very pale with no black bars and with paired white wax patches on the abdominal segments. Spraying the tree with neem oil or insecticidal soap helps control aphids without harming beneficial insects, but the spray has to come into direct contact with the aphid to be effective. The antennae are brown, and the siphunculi are pale with a brown tip. The plant on which overwintering eggs are laid is often a tree or shrub. They become active in the spring at about the same time as leaves begin to develop. Aphids are small sap-sucking insects and members of the superfamily Aphidoidea.Common names include greenfly and blackfly, although individuals within a species can vary widely in colour. Poplar trees (Populus spp.) 4). In summer the sycamore aphid's responses to gravity, light direction and intensity and unidentified features of a leaf's surface result in the aphid settling and feeding on the undersurface of leaves. The two pictures above show first and second instar nymphs of the common sycamore aphid aggregating on the bursting buds of sycamore. Take control measures on … Aphids on maple and sycamore. Not all aphids remain on the same tree throught their life. Aphids on the leaf buds of a sycamore (acre) tree On July 4th, 2019, a car stands on a street in Berlin-Weissensee (Pankow district) under a blossoming linden tree. Aphids feed on sycamore trees and a few other tree species (Shutterstock) The warm, still weather of May is great for us and for many plants and animals, but some of these creatures are a nuisance. Sycamore is a fast-growing deciduous tree reaching 30 to 40 feet tall. Aphids that are knocked off of a tree are unable to return. By August the (previously aestivating) alate females start to produce nymphs, often after having first migrated to another tree. 32-33. Bob, Influentialpoints: Very few nymphs are present at this time of year, because most of the adults undergo a reproductive aestivation or diapause.Note the globules of honeydew (sugar-rich aphid excretion) on the leaf - unlike some aphid species, Drepanosiphum platanoidis is not attended by ants feeding on this secretion. For example, in Britain silver birch (Betula pendula) supports 13 species, each feeding on a different part of the tree. Relative importance of insect + wind (control) and wind pollination in seed set in protogynous and protandrous sycamore at Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim. Aphids attack fruit trees, roses, camellias, chrysanthemums other ornamentals and a wide range of vegetables. Blackman & Eastop list 96 species of aphid as feeding on Acer (Maples and Sycamores) worldwide, and provide formal identification keys.. About sixteen of these are known to occur in Britain. Aphids produce honeydew that supports growth of a black sooty mold fungus. This ovipara is dark green with dark bands, but colour varies from light green to dark brown and bars may be present or completely absent. Other predators include the two-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata), lacewing larvae (Chrysopa carnea) and wood ants (Formica rufa). Aphids evolved feeding on trees but diversified to colonise herbaceous plants, mosses and ferns. Quite correct, it is Drepanosiphum platanoidis. Another specialized parasitoid is the aphelinid Aphelinus thomsoni which produces a black mummy shown in the second image. I wondered whether it was one of the non-illustrated species in that area. Sycamore, London plane tree—Platanus spp. First generation adults (which are always green) cannot readily be induced to produce red offspring, whereas later generations are more easily induced to do so. Species; Additional images; Click here to support NatureSpot by making a donation - small or large - your gift is very much appreciated. We fully acknowledge these authors as the source for the (summarized) taxonomic information we have presented. Since the disease typically attacks American sycamore trees, try planting a London plane tree or an Oriental plane tree, which are usually resistant to sycamore anthracnose. This is indeed Depanosiphum platanoidis - brown forms are more common later in the season. In the spring, the eggs hatch and the aphids feed on the young foliage. The parasitoid larva feeds in the body of the aphid and then pupates under the aphid, but in a flat disc rather than a tent as Praon species do. Sycamore is attractive to aphids and therefore a variety of their predators, such as ladybirds, hoverflies and birds. In the great majority of cases, identifications have been confirmed by microscopic examination of preserved specimens. Bob, Influentialpoints: Sycamore Trees Facts & Information. And we have plenty of sycamore here anyway. The sycamore tussock moth. Feeding damage to trees is usually minor, but can compromise the vigor of the host, if aphid populations are high. Aphids are a concern for your trees because they are sapsuckers and like to feed on your trees’ foliage, especially leaf buds and tender new shoots. In addition to cosmetics, honeydew may become a sticky nuisance when it falls on … Note: Drepanosiphum platanoides is an incorrect, but commonly used, synonym for Drepanosiphum platanoidis. These two images show the aphid 'mummy' resulting from attack by the specialist braconid parasitoid Dyscritulus planiceps (sometimes wrongly named Discritulus planiceps). Freshly laid aphid eggs are pale yellow to green, but soon darken to shiny black. It sits approximately 4 meters from our property and a 7 or 8 meters from their property. Predators and parasitoids are not often seen early in the year, but from July onwards they can be very common amonst sycamore aphids. It seems to have the right features for a late in the year one (14/10/13), and the right parameters as far as I can tell. This is indeed Depanosiphum platanoidis - brown forms are more common later in the season. These alate aphids show a remarkable uniformly-spaced pattern of aggregation on the undersides of sycamore leaves. Latin Name: Acer pseudoplatanus; Native Words: Old Irish Scots Gaelic Old English Welsh (marsanwydd) eastern Celtic (); Ogham Sign: n/a ; Height when Mature: 35m; Height after 10 years:; Sycamore Tree Botanical Description:. Poplar Trees Dying & Aphids. TREE PESTS—2. 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