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.