Playing with the camera: Into the world of aphids!

in #ruthphotostories10 months ago (edited)

I was taking a walk in the garden a couple of days ago trying to find something interesting to shoot...
I passed by a rose plant and saw that the aphid colony had come back ready to feast on my roses!


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I love looking at them, so tiny, creepy creatures.


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I already knew a lot of interesting facts about them, that they make nice delicacies for ladybugs...


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Or that they excess a nutritious substance from their very very small butts, a substance that ants drink (yes, from the aphids' anus).


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I also knew that some ants act like shepherds that breed and take aphids under their protection from predators in exchange for this tasty butt juice...


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This time I learnt that some female aphids grow wings to help move from one plant to another in order to start a new colony.

And even though there male aphids, the species can reproduce asexually as well by one female laying... clones of herself...


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Just as this lady is doing here!


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You done with your bugs yet?


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It's time for my meal!!



Original content by @ruth-girl - 2020 - All rights reserved
Originally posted on HIVE, also shared on my Whaleshares and Steemit blogs

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This is awesome. Do you know if they´re red, because they´re eating from a red plant? I only know the green ones from my green plant...

Wow! I thought the color was some kind of camouflage 😮

You're right, it was only a guess. They can change it only from red to green and back with the help from certain bacteria. Which is also pretty cool.

They look tasty

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Oh no, the bane of roses, I'd say you need an order of ladybirds/ladybugs, they're the best defense and it's 'fun' to watch them 'have lunch' tee hee.

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