New Invasive Pest Identified in South Carolina Wheat Field

April 22, 2016 01:00 PM

A rare, invasive aphid has been found attacking wheat crops in Hampton County, South Carolina.

This is the first documented case of the Sipha maydis aphid in South Carolina, said Francis Reay-Jones, an entomologist at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.

More commonly found in Europe, Asia and parts of Africa, the Sipha maydis aphid has been moving eastward since its first U.S. sighting in California in 2007. The invasive pest was found in a Georgia greenhouse in 2012 and in an Alabama wheat field last year.

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