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Aphids are so fucking awesome. They breed almost exclusively through a process called parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction. This means that their entire species is almost entirely female. Even more astounding, a female aphid can give birth TO A BABY THAT IS ALREADY PREGNANT. That would be like your grandma giving birth to your mom while your mom was already pregnant with you… It’s like real-life Russian Nesting Dolls except with tiny green monsters. This can result in thousands of aphids spanning hundreds of generations being born from a single mother in a single season!

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The decoy plan to protect bean crops 

Scientists are using a decoy plan to attract virus-spreading aphids away from bean crops in eastern and central Africa.

Beans are a vital crop in parts of Africa. Not only do they act as a natural fertilizer by enriching the soil with fixed-nitrogen, they are also an essential part of the regional diet.

Alarmingly, these vital crops are threatened by aphid-transmitted viruses that cause severe crop losses.

Dr John Carr and his team (seen above) from the University of Cambridge showed that virus infection alters plant biochemistry to attract aphids that transmit these viruses. 

The international team is now identifying how to select and deploy plants that could act as decoys for aphids, by attracting them away from beans and other crops. 

Today, Development Minister Baroness Northover is visiting these Department for International Development and BBSRC-funded researchers to learn about this important study that is aiding food security around the world. 

Read about the other research being seen by the Development Minister Baroness Northover: http://bit.ly/1En2M7g

Read more about the day: http://bit.ly/1BGwXXh

Top image credit: Djana Maric, Plant Sciences Dept, Cambridge University

Middle and bottom image credit: John Carr, University of Cambridge

OK GUYS

THERES THIS LIL THING CALLED A WOOLLY APHID AND ITS SUPER DAMN CUTE LIKE HOW

ITS LIKE AN ADORABLE LITTLE MINI-MOTH

LOOK AT IT

LOOK AT ITS ITSY-BITSY FLUFFY TUSH

 WHEN ITS FLYING AROUND IT LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE FAIRY “hey do you like my dress? im cute!”

FUCK YEAH YOURE CUTE.

look at this chill motherfucker

WOOLLY APHID WISHES YOU A GOOD DAY BECAUSE ITS KIND

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Mutualism Between Ants and Aphids

Aphids suck the sugar-rich fluids from their host plants. The aphids then excrete equally large quantities of waste, called honeydew, which is high in sugar content. Where there’s sugar, there’s bound to be ants.  

(Cut short from Ask.com)

More insect photographs from me @http://www.flickr.com/photos/fujinliow/

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look at all the flower buds on my selenicereus grandiflorus plant! 🌱widely known in india as the “brahma kamalam” (lord brahma’s flower), the selenicereus grandiflorus is a cactus species originating from the antilles, mexico and central america 🌵 the species is commonly referred to as “nightblooming cereus” or “queen of the night” because of its sweet, vanilla-scented flowers which bloom once or several times a year and ONLY at night time, and they wilt several hours after blooming. 🌸

i’ll try to post a photo of the flowers once they bloom (if i can get the photo before they wilt) 😁

the flower bud in the second and third pictures was infected with oleander (a.k.a. milkweed) aphids (the lil yellow bugs). and it’s well known that ladybirds love eating different species of aphids! 🐞🐞🐞

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There comes a time every summer when I threaten to punch an animal or insect in the teeth.  That time is now.

I noticed my habanero plant had a ton of ants and aphids on it. I thought the ants were eating the aphids and cheered them on as I have done in the past with insects such as wasps and ladybugs.

Yesterday, the situation seemed out of control - enter google search ‘there are a ton of ants and aphids in my garden’ which eventually led to an article about how the ants have started an illegal drug farm on my pepper plant and are breeding the aphids for their delicious nectar.

Typical.

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How Ants Take Care of Their Farms

Hundreds of ant species have been farming for tens of millions of years.