Rose aphids on a plant stem


Aphids are the bane of gardeners and farmers alike. Settling in vast numbers on the soft green plant tissue, sucking the sap, and life, out of the plant. If that wasn't bad enough they are also major carriers of plant viruses. However, they are not all bad as many species of ant 'milk' them like cows for their honeydew. Aphids are a large family of small insects, containing many thousands of species. Some particularly infamous ones are the black bean aphid, rose aphid and the green peach aphid. Luckily help is in hand in the form of beetles who love to feast on this bounty.

Scientific name: Aphididae

Rank: Family

Common names:

  • Blackfly,
  • Greenfly,
  • Plant lice

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