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Aphid or Greenfly

Aphid or Greenfly
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-08 3:21
Viewed: 12359
Points: 20
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Aphidoidea

Aphids, also known as plant lice (and in Britain as greenflies),are small plant-eating insects, and members of the superfamily Aphidoidea.Aphids are among the most destructive insect pests on cultivated plants in temperate regions.The damage they do to plants has made them enemies of farmers and gardeners the world over, but from a purely zoological standpoint they are a fascinating and very successful group of animals.

About 4,400 species of 10 families are known. Historically, many fewer families were recognized, as most species were included in the family Aphididae. Around 250 species are serious pests for agriculture and forestry as well as an annoyance for gardeners. They vary in length from one to ten millimetres.

Natural enemies include predatory lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), hoverfly larvae (Diptera: Syrphidae), parasitic wasps, aphid midge larvae, crab spiders, lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), and entomopathogenic fungi like Lecanicillium lecanii and the Entomophthorales.

Aphids are distributed worldwide, but are most common in temperate zones. Also, in contrast to many taxa, species diversity is much lower in the tropics than in the temperate zones. They can migrate great distances, mainly through passive dispersal by riding on winds. For example, the currant lettuce aphid (Nasonovia ribisnigri Mosley) is believed to have spread from New Zealand to Tasmania in this way. Aphids have also been spread by human transportation of infested plant materials.

If you wish to read more about Aphids,please see the rest of this article in Wikipedia

Thanks for looking,

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Hello Steve,
Excellent close-up with great soft light and sharpness.I like the drop on the insect

Here they are small...and heavy in the air almost choking....but your macro did a fine job Steve..You have the third eye touch yes? Or by now the 4th, which if not yet we shall invent...

hi Steve
perfect macro scene,a glance in the microcosm and in his dimensions
wonderful photo

hello Steve!
excellent macro...... the lens Raynox show very good the details of the green winged aphid....

best sERGIO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-08 12:12]

Great macro of an Aphid Steve!
Your POV is excellent showing the features of this winged adult with fine sharpness that nmakes it stand out from the equally green, but OOF natural BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi dear Steve ,
Great macro with excellent details.
Nice sharpness too.


Aphids are very small, almost microscopic creatures, Steve.
From that point of view, your picture of this Aphid is a wonderful macro with perefect sharpness and details.
Do I see a water drop balanced precariously on one of its antennae?
Well done and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-10 6:09]

Hi Steve,
you shots have been very enlightening and very educational. This one is very much included.
I like the green presentation with excellent sharpness.
You have use the best available element to materialise to a splendid nature capture.


Bueno Steve,
para ser un pulgón no está mal la toma. Mas que macro ya estamos en microfotogarafía y se denota poca manipulación en la toma, cosa que yo valoro positivamente.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Steve, great macro of little creature, fantastic details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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