Thursday, 1 October 2020
Name: Black bean aphid (Aphis fabae)
This species is not present in Australia and can quickly develop heavy populations that can become debilitating to infested plants. This species is also a vector of a number of viral diseases, including Beet mosaic virus and Potato leafroll virus.
It has in excess of 82 know host plants including a wide variety of vegetable crops, ornamental plants and weeds but is a major pest of faba bean, soybeans and sunflower. It has been recognised as being a medium risk to the Australian grains industry if it becomes established.