Center for Systematic Entomology, Gainesville, Florida


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Halbert SE, Allen JS, Moore MR, Fairbanks KEO, Sano M, Miller GL. 2023. Myzus fataunae Shinji (Hemiptera: Aphididae), Pilea aphid, new to North America. Insecta Mundi 0976: 1–10.


Published on March 3, 2023 by Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc. P.O. Box 141874 Gainesville, FL 32614-1874 USA

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Minute aphids belonging to the species Myzus fataunae Shinji (Hemiptera: Aphididae) were found at a nursery in Seminole County, Florida. Morphological and molecular data support this determination. The Florida population only colonized species of Pilea Lindl. in our host range experiments. It did not colonize Fatoua villosa. Nakai. Likewise, it did not colonize tested common Florida species of Urticaceae other than Pilea spp. Myzus fataunae is adventive, and it appears to be established in the United States.