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25 May 2021 First Record of an Invasive Pest, Giant Willow Aphid, Tuberolachnus salignus (Gmelin) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on Salix alba in the Cold Arid Region of Ladakh, India
Barkat Hussain, Abdul Rasheed War, Satnam Singh, Shanawaz Ahmad
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Abstract

The giant willow aphid (GWA), Tuberolachnus salignus (Gmelin) was reported for the first time from the cold arid region of Ladakh, India. The identification of GWA was done based on morphological and molecular characterization. The important morphological characters of GWA are grayish-golden color, covered with numerous fine hairs with a large dark brown tubercle in the center of the back. GWA is a serious pest of willow and poplar trees. There is a need to study the biology and host selection behavior of this pest to develop effective management strategies.

Barkat Hussain, Abdul Rasheed War, Satnam Singh, and Shanawaz Ahmad "First Record of an Invasive Pest, Giant Willow Aphid, Tuberolachnus salignus (Gmelin) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on Salix alba in the Cold Arid Region of Ladakh, India," Entomological News 129(5), 538-545, (25 May 2021). https://doi.org/10.3157/021.129.0508
Received: 29 January 2020; Accepted: 3 June 2020; Published: 25 May 2021
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Giant willow aphid
invasive pest
Ladakh
pest damage
Salix spp.
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