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Uroleucon compositae

is a broadly distributed composite specialist.

Common names. None recognized.

Distribution. This aphid is found in the greater Mediterranean region, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Taiwan, and South America.

Host associations. It has a narrow host range feeding on many species of Asteraceae, but is known to feed on Malva (Malvaceae) and passionfruit (Passifloraceae).

Economic importance. It is particularly important on safflower, and other composites that are important in the pharmaceutical industry (Carthamus and Senecio). It has been implicated in the transmission of at least 2 plant virus.

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

References

Blackman, R.L. and V.F. Eastop. 1994. Aphids on the World’s Trees. CAB International with The Natural History Museum, London. viii + 987 pages, 135 figures, 16 plates.

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.

Holman, J. 2009. Host Plant Catalog of Aphids, Palaearctic Region. Springer Science and Business Media B.V. 1216 pp.


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