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Contents: Alphabetical

alder flea beetle
aphid management
apple and thorn skeletonizer
apple ermine moth
ash whitefly
azalea bark scale
azalea lace bug
azalea sawfly
Bagrada bug
bark lice
Barypeithes root weevil
Beneficial nematodes
biocontrol of root weevils
birch aphid
black bean aphid
black cherry aphids
black stem borer
bluegum psyllid
Boisduval scale
branch and twig borer
brown marmorated stink bug

bronze birch borer
boxwood leafminer
boxwood psyllid
bulb flies
cabbage whitefly
carnation tortrix
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

crane flies
cypress tip moth

dogwood sawfly
Douglas fir sawfly
Douglas fir twig weevil
elm leafminer
European pine sawfly new
European pine shoot moth
European wool carder bee
emerald ash borer
Fall webworm
fir coneworm new
flatheaded cedar borer
ground beetle gallery
Hemerocallis gall midge new
hollyhock weevil
honeylocust plant bug
honeylocust pod gall midge
Heliothis phloxiphaga
holly bud moth
huckleberry root aphids
ground mealybug
Japanese beetle
lady beetle gallery
leaf weevil
light brown apple moth
Linden aphid new
lupine aphid new
Macrosiphum rhamni new
maple aphids
maple tip moth
maple midge
March flies
mountain ash sawfly
Myzocallis sp. on red oak new
Narcissus bulb fly
natural enemies gallery
oak ambrosia beetle
oak slug
oak twig gall wasp
obscure root weevil
Pacific flatheaded borer
peach tree borer
peach twig borer
pear blight beetle
pear psylla
pear leaf-curling midge
pear sawfly
pine needle scale
pine and cone spittlebug
poplar and willow borer
Psyllopsis fraxinicola
rose curculio weevil
rose midge
rove beetle gallery
rose stem girdler new
sequoia pitch moth
soldier beetle gallery
snakefly gallery
speckled green fruitworm
meadow spittlebug
spotted asparagus beetle
spruce twig aphid
tent caterpillars
viburnum leaf beetle
violet gall midge
western poplar clearwing
western spotted cucumber beetle
white pine weevil
woolly alder aphid new
woolly ash aphid
woolly beech aphid

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Periphyllus or maple aphid on vine maple

The most common genera of aphid species found on various maple species are the Periphyllus aphids. We commonly find these species on a range of maples including Japanese maples, vine maple, and Norway maple. P. lyropictus, the Norway maple periphyllus aphid, is found on Norway maples (see images from the Ken Gray collection in the Gallery section) and the California maple aphid, P. californiensis is found on Japanese maples (see gallery images).

Most of these species overwinter in the egg stage. Egg hatch is commonly timed to bud break on the maple host trees. The nymphs and adult aphids are often found on the growing tips of the plants where they feed shortly after hatch in the spring. These aphids can reproduce by parthenogenesis, an asexual form of reproduction. In this case, they give birth to live offspring.

In the late summer and fall, winged (alates) aphids will appear. Mating takes place and female aphids lay eggs, usually near buds, which will overwinter.

Monitor for the eggs near buds and the aphids on new growth and leaf undersides.

For information on management of aphids, check the PNW Insect Management Handbook.


Blackman, R.L. & Eastop, V.F. Aphids on Worlds Plants website: Acer-A detailed key of aphids listed on birch species.<accessed 24 Mar 2016>

Genus Periphyllus: Periphyllus aphids. Influential Points.


Orginal publication11/30/07
Lastest revision <24 March 2016>

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


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Eggs of maple aphid, Periphyllus, on Norway maple maple aphid eggs
Photo: RD
Eggs of Norway maple aphid, Periphyllus lyropictus
Norway maple aphid eggs
Photo: Ken Gray
Maple aphid on vine maple
maple aphid
Photo: Jim Young
Maple aphids
maple aphid
Photo: Rosetta

Periphyllus aphids found on new growth of Japanese maples
Periphyllus aphids on new growth of Japanese maple

Periphyllus aphids can reproduce by parthenogenesis (live birth)
Periphyllus can reproduce by parthenogenesis or live birth

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