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Old Mar 2, 2011, 2:26 PM   #1
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I thought I was shooting a pretty little flower. Upon closer viewing on my computer, it turned out to be full of tiny bugs!!! Can you see the green ones, white ones and the one with wings?

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Saly, you shot some larvae and adults of aphids.

Nice shot, but poor antirrhinum

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Those little bugs won’t bother you….it’s the big ones you have to watch out for…..

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Stefan – had to google that one

The big one with the wings is the adult form of aphids, which can fly and lay eggs.

The small ones are also aphids, but the didn't lay eggs. Instead the reproduce via parthenogenesis.

But both forms are sucking on the plants and harm the plants (also by the transmission of plant viruses) and both forms are reproductive.

I haven't to google such things since I am a biologist ;-)

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I say time to bring in the Ladybugs. Don't they eat aphids?
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I say time to bring in the Ladybugs. Don't they eat aphids?
Yes, you are absolutely right, aphids are the favourite dish of ladybugs ;-)

Maybe you can make some shots of ladybugs at dinner?

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This is what you need. When I took this I didn't realise it was eating until I saw the pic on the screen. These are Ladybirds in the UK but I think they are similar to American Ladybugs.
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Super shot, very good!

Thanks for sharing.

Which close up lense did you use?

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Old Mar 2, 2011, 4:18 PM   #9
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I'm afraid this is not a Panasonic photo! I've only had a Panasonic Camera since Christmas and its a bit too early for the bugs yet.
I took this a few years ago with a Konica Minolta X31, 3 megapixels. It works well on close-ups but sometimes it has difficulty finding the focus. I now use it at work to photograph product defects.

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Great shot Saly - it is amazing what little gems the eye doesn't notice until the image is on the computer screen.
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