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Rotheray, G.E., 1989

Aphid Predators

Handy booklet covering common species of aphids and number of taxonomic groups which attack them.

The guide to common species of aphids on various hosts is followed by partial keys to major groups of invertebrates preying on Aphids. (Note: keys only work for specimens of at least the lengths given on page 36). Keys are presented for: Syrphidae (larvae and adults), Coccinellidae (larvae and adults), Cecidomyiidae (aphid midge larvae), Anthocoridae (larvae and adults), Neuroptera (larvae and adults) and Formicidae (adults) followed by a guide to common Carabidae and Staphylinidae.

Publisher The Richmond Publishing Co. Ltd
Volume 11
Pages 77
ISBN 0 85546 269 8
Coverage Covers common representative species of families of Aphid predators. Also a partial key to Thaumatomyia (p44).
Illustrations Line drawings alongside the text and 2 colour plates bound in the centre.
Identify With x8 or x10 hand lens (also useful to examine under a Stereo Microscope).
Difficulty Varied.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

CARABIDAE Latreille, 1802 (ground beetles, tiger beetles) Identification Current
COCCINELLIDAE Latreille, 1807 (ladybirds, ladybugs) Identification Current Keys to larvae and to adults of aphidivorous species - better to use Majerus and Kearns "Ladybirds" in the same series.
STAPHYLINIDAE Latreille, 1802 (rove beetles) Identification Current
Thaumatomyia Zenker, 1833 (a genus of chloropid flies) Identification Current
SYRPHIDAE (hover flies, drone flies, flower flies, hoverfly) Identification Current Keys to larvae of aphidivorous species.

In first couplet: translucent larvae count as "otherwise coloured".
SYRPHIDAE (hover flies, drone flies, flower flies, hoverfly) Identification Current Key to adults of aphidivorous species.
CECIDOMYIIDAE (wood, gall, rust and aphid midges) Identification Current
FORMICIDAE (ants) Identification Current
NEUROPTERA (lacewings) Identification Current Keys to larvae and to adults of aphidivorous species.
ANTHOCORIDAE (flower bugs) Identification Current
APHIDOIDEA (aphids) Identification Current Aphids on selected host plants.
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