Other hosts reported for the banana aphid
(but not hosts for BBTV) include but are not limited to: Red ginger, Kahili ginger, torch ginger, ape and taro, ferns, Heliconia, tomato, Zingiber, noni. Above, a
large colony of banana aphids
on a young stem of noni (Morinda citrifolia
) being tended by a number of long-legged ants. The ants protect the aphids from natural enemies and feed upon the sweet honeydew which is secreted from the aphid bodies.