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New on Featured Creatures! Cabbage aphid. By Gill, Garg and Gillett-Kaufman.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The cabbage aphid belongs to the genus Brevicoryne from Latin “brevi” and “coryne” and which loosely translates as “small pipes”. In aphids, there are two small pipes called cornicles or siphunculi at the posterior end which can be seen if you look with a hand lens. The cornicles of the cabbage aphid are relatively shorter than those of other aphids. Cabbage aphids cause significant yield losses to many crops of the family Brassicaceae, which includes the mustards and crucifers. It is important to have a comprehensive understanding of this pest and its associated control measures so that its spread and damage can be prevented.

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Cabbage aphids, Brevicoryne brassicae Linnaeus, on cabbage. Photograph by Lyle Buss, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department.

Authors: Harsimran Kaur Gill, Harsh Garg and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida.

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/aphid/cabbage_aphid.htm