Thursday, April 2

Aphid Plague Feeding on Flower Stalk

Aphids Feeding on Yellow Flower Stalk [enlarge]

A colony of green aphids (Sp. pulgón), all of them female by the way plus a little extra company of assorted winged insects, feeding on the stem of this beautiful flower. You may be wondering how do I know they are all female. Well not only they are all ladies but they are also pregnant. Yes, they are and in fact they are born pregnant. Isn't that amazing? According to the source I consulted today this is what always happens at the beginning of the season in an aphid's life. To make it more complex, they give birth to more female aphids and so the process loops till the end of the season when females deliver males too. Mating starts and eggs are laid for the next season. Incredible! Check the article here: Controlling aphids in your garden and this beautiful image of lady aphid giving birth. By the way this picture was just an accident since I took it on some flower pot at a friend's balcony. Strange as it may seem I didn't notice a single bug then, so perfectly camouflaged as they were. Back at home on zooming in I found out.

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5 Comments:

Blogger cieldequimper said...

The question is: will the flower survive? ;-)

1:29 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

WOW! Carlos I am amazed I didnt know you knew so much about insects :) you know I will love this photo !!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Krims@nline.be said...

Awesome details and superb dof. Well done!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Tinsie said...

Fab photo! I love it :-)

11:37 PM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Thanks to all of you my friends. I am trying to catch up on your generosity so please excuse me for this general answer to your comments.

10:51 PM  

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