Check out this beautiful homemade nature documentary by John Dunstan: Amazing dramas take place all the time, right in our own gardens.
Posts Tagged ‘aphids’
A splash of color for your Thursday evening: The rose aphid, Macrosiphum rosae, dates its taxonomic heritage right to the opening of modern nomenclature. It was described by Linneaus himself in the 1758 volume Systema Naturae. Of course, the aphids don’t pay much attention. They’re just happy to tap into rose phloem. ***update: Cameron Brumley informs [...]
A few weeks ago the first Aphis nerii of the season showed up in our little prairie garden. These little orange globes multiplied to plague proportions within days. The butterfly weed was hit hard, dropping its plumes of orange flowers and withering. The bounty of aphids didn’t go unnoticed for long. Lots of insects eat [...]
The genome sequence of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum was published today in PLoS. Concurrently, a set of supporting papers has come out in Insect Molecular Biology. This genome is significant for a number of reasons- it’s the first Hemipteran genome to be sequenced, aphids have an unusual reproductive cycle, and this particular species is [...]
It’s been snowing aphids the past few days here in Champaign-Urbana. Trillions of them are drifting across town, settling out on our garden, getting caught in our hair. I’ve never seen anything like it. I recently learned that this sternorrhynchan storm is composed of soybean aphids (Aphis glycines). That would explain all the aphid biomass. [...]