Hormaphidinae: Cerataphidini

Common name(s)

Palm aphid


Apterae are small, oval, flattened, shiny brown or orange-brown in life, with a flat white fringe of wax around the edge of body; body length 0.86-1.32mm (Noordam, 1991). It resembles C. brasiliensis, and the two have been confused in the past, but it lacks the one or more pairs of dagger-like hairs on the underside of the head of C. brasiliensis.

Antennae almost 0.14-0.15 times as long as body. Processus terminalis 0.2 times as long as the base of the antennal segment. Siphunculi pore like and cauda rounded.

Host plant(s)

Arecaceae: Areca catechu L.

Although both C. lataniae and C. brasiliensis infest Arecaceae host plants, the former could nevber be recorded on Calamus sp.


Aptera: Length of body 1.30, width 0.10; antennae 0.19, segments III: IV: 0.07: (0.05+0.01); u.r.s. 0.04; h.t.2 0.05.

Seasonal occurrence


Natural enemies

Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae: Aphelinus sp.