Prociphilus xylostei,

Albrecht, Anders Christian, 2015, Identification guide to Nordic aphids associated with mosses, horsetails and ferns (Bryophyta, Equisetophyta, Polypodiophyta) (Insecta, Hemiptera, Aphidoidea), European Journal of Taxonomy 145, pp. 1-55: 27

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Prociphilus xylostei


Prociphilus xylostei  (deGeer, 1773)

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Apterae 1.2–2 mm, pale green with large wax gland plates (and wax tufts unless worn off) on head and abdomen. RIV+V = 0.2 × HT2, without pale subapical zone. Legs and antennae slender. Dioecious. Alternating between honeysuckle Lonicera  ( Caprifoliaceae  ) and thin, mycorrhizal Picea abies  roots ( Pinaceae  ), where the colonies are coated with wax wool and where the aphids may hibernate. P. xylostei  apparently has a continuous anholocyclic population on spruce roots. Common in moss samples from spruce forests.


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