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apple and thorn skeletonizer
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azalea bark scale
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bark lice
Barypeithes root weevil updated
Beneficial nematodes
biocontrol of root weevils
birch aphid updated
black bean aphid new
black cherry aphids new
black stem borer
bluegum psyllid
branch and twig borer
brown marmorated stink bug

bronze birch borer
boxwood leafminer
boxwood psyllid updated
bulb flies
cabbage whitefly new
carpet beetle (images)
Calligraph californica

Ceanothus stem gall moth
cereal leaf beetle
cherry ermine moth
chilli thrips
cinnabar moth
clay colored weevil
cottony camellia scale
cypress tip moth
dogwood sawfly
Douglas fir sawfly
Douglas fir twig weevil
dustywings new
elm leafminer
European pine shoot moth
European wool carder bee
emerald ash borer
Fall webworm
flatheaded cedar borer
ground beetle gallery new
hollyhock weevil
honeylocust plant bug
honeylocust pod gall midge
Heliothis phloxiphaga
holly bud moth
huckleberry root aphids
ground mealybug
Japanese beetle new
lacewings new
lady beetle gallery updated
leaf weevil
light brown apple moth
maple aphids updated
maple tip moth
maple midge
March flies updated
mountain ash sawfly
Narcissus bulb fly updated
Natural enemies gallery new
spruce twig aphid
oak ambrosia beetle
oak slug
oak twig gall wasp new
obscure root weevil
Pacific flatheaded borer
peach tree borer
peach twig borer
pear blight beetle updated
pear psylla
pear leaf-curling midge
pear sawfly
pine needle scale
pine and cone spittlebug new
poplar and willow borer
Psyllopsis fraxinicola updated
rose curculio weevil
rose midge
rove beetle gallery new
sequoia pitch moth
soldier beetle galleryn new
snakefly gallery new
speckled green fruitworm
meadow spittlebug updated
tent caterpillars
viburnum leaf beetle
violet gall midge
western poplar clearwing
western spotted cucumber beetle
white pine weevil updated
woolly ash aphid
woolly beech aphid updated

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Aphid (Mindarus obliquus.) on spruce

These small woolly aphids, also called spruce woolly aphid or the primitive woolly aphid, can be found on the terminals of Picea glauca 'Conica'. They cause damage similar to Balsam twig aphid with twisted new growth. Severe infestations cause deformation of the terminals.

They overwinter in the egg stage. In 2006, the aphid egg hatch, or eclosure, occurred in Oregon in early April. In 2011, the aphids were spotted in May.

This aphid produces a waxy covering and can be difficult to control. Early management in the spring is recommended. Use of a selective aphidicide will help preserve many of the natural enemies that attract to feed on these aphids. Those natural enemies include ladybeetles, hoverfly larvae, lacewings, and parasitic wasps such as Pseudopraon sp.

Web resources:

Day, Eric. 2009.BALSAM TWIG APHID Homoptera: Aphididae, Mindarus abietinus. This website has information on a similar aphid which might be helpful with management of this lesser known aphid.


Orginal publication: 5/8/2006
Latest update: 5/3/2016


Author: R.L. Rosetta, Extension Nursery Integrated Pest Management, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University


Aphid damage on dwarf Alberta spruce
Aphid damage on dwarf Alberta spruce

More severe damage from the aphid can be seen on the center plants which appear a bluish-gray color due to the wax produced by the aphid
aphid damage on dwarf Alberta spruce

Wingless aphids on Picea glauca conica
Mindarus aphid on spruce

Aphid on spruce
Mindarus aphid on spruce
Close-up of aphid
Mindarus aphid on spruce
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