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Aphids Feeding on a Plant

Aphild Feeding on a plantAphids attack a wide variety of plant species.

Aphids 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.

They 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 year.

Aphids 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.

Outdoors, 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.

Aphid enemies include lady beetles, syrphid fly larvae and small wasp parasites known as braconids.

Some aphids cause serious problems for field crops, including the newest insect pest in Nebraska - the Soybean Aphid

Learn more about aphids and care of houseplants and the garden on the Gardening Web Site

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