Mealy cabbage aphid

Mealy cabbage aphid is common on brassicas. Its presence on established plants can usually be tolerated however, the aphid can make kale inedible and the growth points of young brassica plants can be severely affected.

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Mealy cabbage aphid

Quick facts

Common name Mealy cabbage aphid
Latin name Brevicoryne brassicae
Plants affected Cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprout, swede and other brassicas
Main symptoms Greyish white aphids cluster underneath the leaves and on growing points. Leaves distorted and discoloured on young plants
Caused by A sap-sucking insect
Timing April-October

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