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Aphids of the Superfamily Aphidoidea, which in in the Suborder Sternorrhyncha of the Order Hemiptera — Examples

Aphids
Aphids, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
Photographed by Milosh Rankovic. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Ontario, Canada. Date: 12 October, 2016. Says Milosh, “They are gathering in the corner of the outside wall and garden door. Looks to me, they are looking for some warmer place.... Temperatures are getting colder — about 5C — during the night.”
Aphids
Aphids, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
□ Aphids have an interesting relationship with ants. Aphids suck up lots of sweet plant juices and their waste products are also sweet. In fact, their waste products are called honeydew! Ants love sweet things and will congregate among the aphids so they can eat up the aphids’ honeydew.
Photographed by Milosh Rankovic. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Ontario, Canada. Date: 12 October, 2016.
Woolly Aphids
Woolly Aphids, subfamily Eriosomatinae, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
□ Woolly Aphids are sometimes called Fairyflies or Angelflies, and it’s easy to see why with that cottony white covering! Actually, the “cotton” is a collection of wax filaments.
Photographed by: Janvier Petto. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Date: 19 July, 2017. Janvier says, “They were all over hostas and no more than 1/2" long (if that).”
Aphids and Seven-Spot Ladybug
Aphids, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
□ Major predators of aphids are ladybug larvae. In this photo, the larva of a Seven-Spot Ladybug (also known as Seven Spot Ladybird Beetle) is dining on a few aphids. Aphids can become pests on plants, so gardeners sometimes purchase ladybug eggs or larvae to reduce aphid populations.
Photographed by: Thomas Langhans. See Thomas’s full-size image here. Location: San Bruno, county of San Mateo, California, USA. Date: 12 March, 2018.
Aphids
Aphids, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
□ This is a closeup of some of the aphids shown in the previous photo. Note the cornicles, which are the small tubes that extend from the end of the abdomen. The cornicles secrete fluid that is distasteful to many of an aphid’s predators, so it serves a protective function.
Photographed by: Thomas Langhans. See Thomas’s full-size image here. Location: San Bruno, county of San Mateo, California, USA. Date: 12 March, 2018.
Aphid
Aphid, family Aphidae (the aphid).
□ Some species of aphids, like the one shown here, have wings, while others are wingless. All have two short “tails”, which are appendages correctly called cerci.
Photographed by: Daisy Rulz. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Mayville, Michigan, USA. Date: 24 September, 2017.
Aphids and Seven-Spot Ladybug
Aphids, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
□ Although many aphids are wingless, some have wings, as shown here. See the photographer’s excellent description below. The body length on the aphids in this photo is about 2 mm. Both photos show the underside of the aphid.
Photographed by: Thomas Langhans. See Thomas’s full-size images here and here. Location: San Bruno, county of San Mateo, California, USA. Date: 17 March, 2018. Thomas says, “I was watching them with a stereo microscope. They get ready to fly by rotating the wings forward, straight up, then spreading them apart about 45° on each side, then taking off. There is a slight pause at each position. Kind of neat.”
Aphids and Seven-Spot Ladybug
Aphids, family Aphididae, Order Hemiptera (the true bugs).
□ This is a top view of the aphid in the previous photos.
Photographed by: Thomas Langhans. See Thomas’s full-size image here. Location: San Bruno, county of San Mateo, California, USA. Date: 17 March, 2018. Thomas says, “The wings have a long black stripe centered on the leading edge of the wing that does not extend all the way to the wing root or tip.”


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Photos at the top of this website are (from left to right): potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) — photo credit: Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture; ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)— photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens) — photo credit: Natalie Allen and Stephanie Kolski, U.S. Geological Survey; preying mantis, monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), hellgrammite (aka toe biter) larva and eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) — photo credit: Leslie Mertz; Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina) — photo credit: Kay Meng, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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