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Episode 55 Aphids (Pest Series)

Aphids

Harmful Stages and Effects: Nymph and adult – disease by sucking.
Complete or Incomplete: Incomplete – egg, nymph, adult
Appearance : Adult – Very small, many different types so different colors. Look like lice (called plant lice) Nymph- miniature translucent aphid
Order: Hemiptera – True bugs having sucking mouth parts /beak and such.
Eggs: Can’t see them
Eats them: Nearly everything
Eats: Everything
Plant Controls: Garlic, nasturtium, mint, onions, oregano
Notes : Mutualism with ants. Ants will protect them to mine them for dew. They also will transport eggs to protect them and nymphs to food source. Often called ant cows. Crowding and food sources can force them as nymphs to change sex or grow wings.