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A is for aphids
Aphids, a.k.a. plant lice, are small (1 to 10 millimeters (about 0.039 to 0.39 inches) long), soft-bodied insects with long slender mouthparts that they use to pierce stems, leaves, and other tender plant parts and suck out fluids.
Aphids have soft pear-shaped bodies with long legs and antennae and may be green, yellow, brown, red, or black depending on the species and the plants they feed on.
Aphids have many generations a year. Low to moderate numbers of leaf-feeding aphids aren’t usually damaging in gardens or on trees. However, large populations can turn leaves yellow and stunt shoots; aphids can also produce large quantities of a sticky exudate known as honeydew, which often turns black with the growth of a sooty mold fungus.
Aphids may transmit viruses from plant to plant on certain vegetable and ornamental plants. Squash, cucumber, pumpkin, melon, bean, potato, lettuce, beet, chard, and bok choy are crops that often have aphid-transmitted viruses associated with them. Although aphids seldom kill a mature plant, the damage they do and unsightly honeydew they generate sometimes warrant control.
Many predators also feed on aphids. The most well known are lady beetle adults and larvae and lacewing larvae.
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