Cherry Aphid Myzus (Myzus) cerasi

Body length 1.8-2.6 mm. Also called the Black Cherry Aphid or Cherry Blackfly, it is a small to medium-sized aphid, shiny, and very dark brown to black in colour.

It’s host are cherry Prunus cerasus and Prunus avium, and it usually populates new growth, buds and flowers, and can cause the leaves to curl and turn yellow.

The Cherry Aphid appears to be poorly recorded with less than 100 scattered records across the UK.

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Family Aphididae (Aphids)
Species Myzus (Myzus) cerasi (Fabricius, 1775)

Photos: On Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), back garden, South Staffordshire May & June 2021. © Peter Hillman