Campion Aphids

Campion Aphids

Observation - Campion Aphids - UK and Ireland. Description: generally black or very dark aphids all on wild Red Campion - Silene dioica. These picture show mixe

generally black or very dark aphids all on wild Red Campion - Silene dioica.
These picture show mixed age and development stages of the Aphid Brachycaudus lychnidis species-group and it now turns out (July 2017), accepted as Brachycaudus (Acaudus) klugkisti
some ongoing invesigation and correnspence here http://influentialpoints.com/Gallery/Brachycaudus_aphids.htm will mean I can add infortaion as it becomes available.
These Aphids are VERY under-recorded in the UK and not recorded at all in Scotland until now.
The pictures show the distinctive waxy ring of the rears of some and also a few with what appears to be a fungal infection. I am pretty certain that the quite huge colonies in my garden and in two other places in Orkney Mainland are not particularly healthy. I only saw two winged examples but expect them to become more prevalent early next moth
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