Latest Aphid Stories

2008-09-24 03:00:17

By Graef, Alicia Controversial Measures to Save the Nation's Ash Trees Hundreds of Chinese wasps, each no larger than a sesame seed, were released in Michigan last summer in the latest effort by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to control the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The tiny iridescent green beetle hitched a ride in cargo from Asia to Michigan in the 1990s and decimated more than 25 million ash trees in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Ontario before bringing its...

2008-08-23 03:00:18

By Sid Mullis Today I want to discuss a couple of problems you may be experiencing in your landscape. Sooty mold can be bad this time of year. The black, sooty fungus can be on a variety of ornamental plants such as crape myrtles and gardenias. This unsightly condition is caused by a fungus that does not actually attack the plant but damages it by covering the foliage and thus reducing its absorption of sunlight. Instead of obtaining food from a host plant, as do most funguses,...

2008-08-21 12:40:00

When Dr. Richard Harrington purchased a fossilized insect on the Web auction site eBay for £20, he was surprised to find that it contained the remains of a previously unknown species of aphid. After vice-president of the UK's Royal Entomological Society purchased the fossil from a seller in Lithuania he sent it to an aphid expert in Denmark. The expert, Professor Ole Heie, confirmed that the insect was in fact a new species, named Mindarus harringtoni after the scientist. "He discovered...

2008-08-09 09:45:00

Aphids are emerging as sentinels of climate change, researchers at BBSRC-supported Rothamsted Research have shown. One of the UK's most damaging aphids "“ the peach-potato aphid (Myzus persicae) "“ has been found to be flying two weeks earlier for every 1°C rise in mean temperature for January and February combined. This year, the first aphid was caught on 25 April, which is almost four weeks ahead of the 42-year average. This work is reported in BBSRC Business, the quarterly...

2008-07-18 06:00:29

By Greeley Tribune, Colo. Jul. 18--U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., has secured nearly $3 million for Colorado State University projects as part of the fiscal year 2009 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Allard, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a press release that funding the projects will help "CSU maintain its position as a top tier university in agriculture." Four projects will get federal money from the bill. --$1.5 million will go to the Global Change...

2008-06-27 14:30:00

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BCT) reports that insufficient numbers of suitable flowers may be driving bumblebees to feed on the sugary secretions of aphids instead. Although these secretions provide a substitute for nectar, they do not contain sufficient amounts of protein to keep the bees healthy. Bees are critical pollinators of crops and flowers.   BBC Scotland recently displayed images on its web site that show the bees visiting tree leaves covered with aphids in a...

2008-05-15 08:40:00

You won't be able to hear them. Don't even try. But somewhere out there, maybe as near as your backyard, the crazy Rasberry ants are marching. Hundreds, thousands, millions, billions of them are coming in a near-unstoppable zig-zagging insect army intent on making your home, yard and life a living hill. First spotted in 2002 in Pasadena by Tom Rasberry, the exterminator for whom the rice-grain-sized insects are named, the ants now have spread through much of the greater Houston area....

2007-04-19 16:39:37

For pea aphids, the ability to go forth and multiply can depend on a single gene, according to new research. An overheated aphid with a mutation in that gene can't reproduce. The gene isn't even in the insect -- it's in tiny symbiotic bacteria housed inside special cells inside the aphid. "It's the first time a mutation in a symbiont has been shown to have a huge impact on host ecology," said Nancy A. Moran, Regents' Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at The University of Arizona...

2007-03-17 01:00:00

By GREG BLUESTEIN ATHENS, Ga. - Like a bloodsucking mosquito, the hemlock woolly adelgid plunges its needle-like mouth deep into the branches of hemlock trees and slowly sucks out the nutrients. The pest's telltale sign is the touch of frost-like wool it produces near tree needles, but the real signal of its wrath comes when the evergreen trees die about a decade later. Since the adelgid migrated from Asia to Virginia in the 1950s, it's at once fascinated and frustrated forest researchers...

2006-11-02 21:00:00

By SAMIRA JAFARI PINEVILLE, Ky. - It's going to take a lot of money to combat a tiny bug that's attacking eastern Kentucky's hemlock trees, forestry officials warned Thursday. The exotic insect, called the hemlock woolly adelgid, has been detected in only two Kentucky state parks, but the minuscule aphid-like insect has already destroyed hemlock trees throughout Appalachia. The only thing standing in the way of safeguarding Kentucky hemlocks is the lack of funding, said Tim McClure, a...

Latest Aphid Reference Libraries

2005-09-12 10:12:57

Aphids or greenfly, plant lice (superfamily Aphidoidea) are small plant-feeding insects (1 to 10 mm). Of the 4,000 species of known aphids (distributed in 10 families), around 250 are serious pests for agriculture and forestry as well as an annoyance for gardeners. Natural predators include ladybirds, hoverfly larvae and lacewings. Aphids have two compound eyes and two ocular tubercles made up of 3 lenses, each of which is located behind and above the compound eyes. They have 2 tarsal...

2005-09-09 08:49:52

The soldier beetles (Cantharidae) are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles. They are closely related to the Lampyridae, or firefly family. Some are important predators of aphids during their brief adulthood.

2005-09-08 11:25:28

Flower-flies (also known as hover-flies) are a family of flies (Diptera), with the scientific name of "Syrphidae". As their names suggests, they are most often seen around flowers. The adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In certain species, the larvae are saprophytes, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In others, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other...

2005-09-07 18:25:10

Ladybirds, also known as ladybugs or lady beetles are a family, Coccinellidae ("little sphere"), of beetles. The name is thought to allude to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic faith. Ladybirds are found worldwide, with over 4,500 species described - more than 450 native to North America alone. Ladybirds are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are usually yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their carapace, and black legs, head and feelers. As...

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