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Uroleucon ambrosiae

is a New World aphid species attacking mostly composites.

Common names. Brown ambrosia aphid.

Distribution. This aphid is distributed throughout North and Central America and is established in parts of South America.

Host associations. It has been recorded from species in at least 4 plant families.

Economic importance. It is particularly important on Asteraceae including, Achillea, Ambrosia, Aster, Cichorium, Coreopsis, Eupatorium, Lactuca, Rudbeckia, Senecio, Solidago, Taraxacum, Xanthium, and others. It has been implicated in the transmission of 3 plant viruses.

See also. Taxonomy at Aphid Species File. Aphids on the World's Plants. Literature references.


Blackman, R.L. and V.F. Eastop. 2000. Aphids on the World’s Crops, Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons with the Natural History Museum, London. x + 466 pages, 58 figures, 51 plates.

Blackman, R.L. and V.F. Eastop. 2006. Aphids on the World’s Herbaceous Plants and Shrubs. Volume 2 The Aphids. John Wiley & Sons with the Natural History Museum, London. viii + pages 1025-1439.

Chan, C.K., A.R. Forbes, and D.A. Raworth. 1991. Aphid-transmitted viruses and their vectors of the world. Agriculture Canada Technical Bulletin 1991-3E. 1-216 pp.

Voegtlin, D., W. Villalobos, M.V. Sanchez, G.Saborio, and C. Rivera. A Guide to the Winged Aphids of Costa Rica. 2003. International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 51(Suppl. 2):xi + 228 pp.