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Key to Aphids Most Commonly Found in San Joaquin Valley Alfalfa and Cotton

Based on the key characteristics, the aphid is likely to be

Pea aphid (Acrythosiphon pisum)

Pink-colored pea aphid and nymph.
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A pink-colored biotype of the pea aphid occurs in France, on the east coast and in several western states of the U.S. including California. It is infrequently encountered in the field. Biologically, it behaves identically to the green form found in California, including its response to resistant cultivars.

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