is one of the most biologically diverse and widely distributed aphid species.
Common names. Cotton aphid, Melon aphid.
Distribution. This aphid is globally distributed, located in all but the coldest terrestrial habitats.
Host associations. It has one of the broadest host ranges of any aphid, having been recorded from species of over 135 plant families.
Economic importance. It is particularly important on cotton and cucurbits, but also attacks a broad range of other crops such as citrus, crucifers, peppers, and a large variety of ornamentals. It has been implicated in the transmission of over 50 plant viruses.
See also. Taxonomy at Aphid Species File. Aphids on the World's Plants. Literature references.