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Basic Information About This Pest: Sugarcane aphids are important to sorghum producers because they are capable of causing significant damage to leaves, thus lowering yields. Aphids feed by inserting their needle like mouth into leaves then they suck up the plant liquids. They also produce honeydew, a sticky substance that attracts a fungus harmful to plants called black sooty mold. Honeydew can also damage harvesting equipment. The key to the Sugarcane aphids success is its life cycle. The aphid is able to asexually reproduce quickly. If you are a sorghum farmer and want to know if the Sugarcane aphid is present in your field start by scouting the upper and lower leaves of your sorghum. The aphids are very small so using a hand lens is important to have. Once you have identified the insect properly you will need to make an estimation of how many are present in your field. Once you have this information you are ready to implement controls against this pest. If you want to learn how to identify the sugarcane aphid click this link here to move on to the next training.