First record of invasive aphid in Kashmir Valley

The brown peach aphid – an insect that attacks temperate fruit trees – has been recorded here for the first time. The spread of the aphid could affect the local economy which is dependant on fruit trees to a large extent, say scientists who documented the presence of the aphid in their recent paper published in Journal of Threatened Taxa.

About Brown peach aphid:

Aphids feed on the saps of plants, attacking plant tissues that transport food to all different plant parts. The brown peach aphid Pterochloroides persicae is a notorious pest of peach and almond trees in the Mediterranean regions. In India, the aphid was recorded for the first time in the 1970s from Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

The tiny (nearly 3 mm long) aphids thrived best during the months of April, May, September, and October.

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