The following words in “Tri-Ology”, an online publication of the Florida Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced another find of Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominalis (Sasaki), rice root aphid, on roots of a potted ornamental bromeliad in Florida.
ORNAMENTALS, FLOWERING PLANTS: Aechmea poeppigii (an Amazonian bromeliad)-- Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominalis (Sasaki), rice root aphid: A moderate infestation was found on flowers at a bromeliad show in a mall in Orlando, Orange County (10 May 1996; Barbara J. Wilder and Tyson R. Emery). NEW DPI HOST RECORD. This aphid normally occurs on roots and in hydroponic systems; however, several infestations have been found on bromeliads recently (Susan E. Halbert).
Halbert, S.E. 1996. [Ornamentals, flowering plants] Tri-Ology 35(3) online at http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/enpp/triology/archive/96-5&6all.htm
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