The green peach aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), is a serious pest on ornamental plants in greenhouses (Van Driesche et al. 2008, Fla. Entomol. 91: 583–591; Wick 1992, EPPO Bull. 22: 437–444). This pest can damage more than 800 species of plants representing 40 taxonomic families, and can complete a generation in 10–12 d to undergo 20 generations during periods of milder weather (van Emden et al. 1969, Annu. Rev. Entomol. 14: 197–270). In greenhouses, populations of this pest develop from a nondetection status to high and damaging levels in a very short period of time. Large populations of M. persicae often develop on young shoots and actively growing plants (Heathcote 1962, Entomol. Exp. Appl. 5: 114–118). In addition to causing direct feeding damage (e.g., yellowing of leaves, wilting, stunting of growth), this aphid transmits several plant viruses (van Lenteren et al. 1997, J. Appl. Entomol. 121: 473–485).

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