Aphids and natural enemies on tulip poplar

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This time of year tulip poplar leaves are covered in aphids. The great thing about tulip poplar aphids is that they attract a diverse array of predators and

Tulip poplar aphids, lady beetle eggs, and parasitoid mummies on a tulip poplar leaf. Photo: SD FRank

Tulip poplar aphids, lady beetle eggs, and parasitoid mummies on a tulip poplar leaf. Photo: SD FRank

that can help control other pests. Therefore, after a few weeks of dowsing your sidewalk in honeydew the aphids almost disappear. Here is a tulip poplar leaf that foreshadows the aphids demise. It has lots of aphids but also lady beetle eggs and a parasitoid mummy. On the same tree I found syrphid fly larvae, green lacewing larvae and eggs, and other predators. Thus, I don’t feel any management is usually necessary for these aphids. They support many natural enemies which often have a hard time living in urban landscapes.

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Photo of Steven Frank, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Steven FrankProfessor and Extension Specialist (919) 515-8880 steven_frank@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant Pathology - NC State University
Updated on May 10, 2018
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