Professional area | Diseases factsheet | Pests | Aphides



A number of species of aphis are to be met with under glass; on cyclamen, Myzus persicae (the Green Peach Aphis) and, in the last few years, Aphis gossypii (Cotton Aphis) are damaging pests.

They attack the young leaves, and can develop unnoticed at spectacular speed.

They are also liable to transmit any of over 40 viruses, including CMV and TMV.

Chemical control:

This pest can be effectively controlled by means of specific insecticides.

Biological control:

Natural predators of aphides, such as some midges and ladybirds, give satisfactory results.


  • Introduction
  • The general Aphis life cycle
  • Damage done by aphides in general
  • How Aphides spread
  • Specific features of the Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae)
  • Specific features of the Cotton, or Black Aphis (Aphis gossypii)
  • Specific features of the Potato Aphis (Macrosiphum euphorbiae)
  • Specific features of the Glasshouse Potato Aphis (Aulacorthum solani - syn. A. pseudosolani)
  • Specific features of Aulacorthum circumflexum
  • Countermeasures
  • Prevention
  • Biological control
  • Chemical control


This advice sheet is based on the methods used at the SCEA at Montourey (Fréjus, France). These procedures may need some modification to adapt them to other climatic situations. Before starting to grow cyclamen there needs to be a review of precautions against pests and diseases.   We must point out that our advice and suggestions are offered for information purposes and therefore cannot include any guarantee of specific results; it is a good idea to carry out trials beforehand.


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