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Old May 26, 2007, 1:22 PM   #1
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Aphids (not what you thought?:evil
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Old May 29, 2007, 6:46 PM   #2
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Here is one of the winged stage. Note the stomachs inside the instars (immature stages) nest to the winged aphid.
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quite an aphid infestation you got there. a few ladybugs would make quite a meal out of them. nice macro shots.

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Holly cow !! You need to call pest control !!

Nice shots, detailed and colorful.
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Old May 30, 2007, 12:03 PM   #5
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The only pest control we would allow would be natural controls, which don't seem to be operating. We don't spray the milkweeds because my wife plants them to "raise" monarchs. The caterpillars eventually crawl off to pupate, and we lose track of them until they emerge. At least three freshly emerged ones that we have seen have flown away this week.


Nothing seems to eat these aphids - I haven't even seen any ants tending them for their nectar - some of them look full enough to burst!. They probably taste bad, like the Monarch caterpillars and butterflies do (the milky sap of milkweeds is a deterrent to predation, being so bad tasting and perhaps even toxic to predators). Some classical experiments were done years ago, in which Blue Jays learned to avoid Monarchs after only one taste, to which they reacted rather violently. I am not about to try for myself!:roll:

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