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Schizaphis minuta (van der Goot) (Fig. 1) was found for the first time in the Western Hemisphere in suction trap samples in Florida. The first specimen was collected in a trap at Quincy (Gadsden County) for the period 16 - 23 November 1998. The record subsequently was verified by collections on several species of Cyperus in the Ft. Pierce area. The aphid is specific to Cyperus and is unlikely to pose any threat to agriculture. Schizaphis minuta probably is native to Asia and has been recorded previously in Africa and Australia. It is not known to be a pest.