Scientific name: Psylla alni
Plants affected: Alders, Alnus species
Main symptoms: White fluffy waxy covering on stems and foliage
Most active: Spring
What is alder sucker?
The nymphs of alder sucker are covered by a ball of fluffy white waxy threads which can make it presence noticeable during the spring. They suck sap from the foliage during April-early June and these feeding activities may reduce the vigour of new shoots.
The adults, which lack the waxy secretions, are present from June-October. Overwintering eggs are laid on the shoots of alders (Alnus species) in the autumn.
The presence of white waxy deposits can be noticeable in the spring but this insect rarely has any effect on the health of alders. It can be considered as part of garden biodiversity and control is unnecessary..
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