attack a wide variety of plant species.
are small (about 1/8 of and inch long), soft-bodied,
pear-shaped insects of many colors such as green, black,
gray, yellow or red.
change very little in form during their life cycle,
the young resembling the adults, except being smaller
in size. Some are winged during certain times of the
feed by sucking sap from buds, leaves, twigs and developing
fruit. Leaves may be stunted and distorted and fruit
may become misshapen. Aphids can also carry a number
of plant viruses.
aphids are usually controlled effectively by nature.
Adverse weather conditions such as rains and low temperatures,
as well as fungus diseases, insect predators and parasites
keep the aphids in check.
enemies include lady beetles, syrphid fly larvae and
small wasp parasites known as braconids.
aphids cause serious problems for field crops, including
the newest insect pest in Nebraska - the Soybean
more about aphids and care of houseplants and the garden
on the Gardening Web Site