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Russian Wheat Aphid

Russian Wheat AphidScientific name: Diuraphis noxia (Kurdjumov) (CABI)

Common name: Russian wheat aphid

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Native To: Eurasia (Shufran et al. 2007)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in Texas in 1986 (Michaud and Sloderbeck 2005)

Means of Introduction: Possibly arrived in wheat imported to Mexico from South Africa (Shufran et al. 2007)

Impact: Pest of wheat and barley (Shufran et al. 2007)

Current U.S. Distribution:


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Texas Invasives Database - Diuraphis noxia

Invasive Species Compendium - Diuraphis noxia
CAB International.


Exotic Pest Alert: Identification of Russian Wheat Aphid and associated crop damage (Oct 2011; PDF | 191 KB)
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

Russian Wheat Aphid - Serious Threat to WA (Western Australia) Wheat and Barley
Western Australia Department of Agriculture.



Aphids in Small Grains
Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension.

Small Grains: Russian Wheat Aphid - UC Pest Management Guidelines (Feb 2007)
University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Russian Wheat Aphid: An introduced pest of small grains in the High Plains (May 2005; PDF | 326 KB)
Kansas State University. Cooperative Extension Service.

Russian Wheat Aphid (Jan 2008; PDF | 58 KB)
Utah State University Extension.



CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Diuraphis noxia. CAB International. [Accessed Feb 19, 2015].

Michaud, J.P., and P.E. Sloderbeck. 2005. Russian Wheat Aphid: An Introduced Pest of Small Grains in the High Plains (PDF | 326 KB) Kansas State University, Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. MF-2666.

Shufran, K.A., L.R. Kirkman, and G.J. Puterka. 2007. Absence of mitochondrial DNA sequence variation in Russian wheat aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) populations consistent with a single introduction into the United States. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 80(4):319-326.

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