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  • Aphides
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aphid any of various small plant-sucking insects
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Apple Aphid (Aphis pomi), winged and wingless females Apple Aphid (Aphis pomi), winged and wingless females

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aphids are born pregnant without the benefit of sex. Aphids can give birth 10 days after being born themselves.
    • n Aphid (Zoöl) One of the genus Aphis; an aphidian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The natural diet of Lady Beetles consists of soft bodied insects such as aphids, spider mites, and young caterpillars. Adults can consume up to 100 aphids a day.
    • n aphid An aphidian; a plant-louse; a member of the genus Aphis or family Aphididœce (which see). In the plural, the plant-lice: a general or indeterminate term for the members of the genus Aphis, of the family Aphididœce, or of the suborder Phytophthiria.
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In literature:

APHIDES are often a great trouble.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
Thus the swarming myriads depart which may have covered the vegetation like the aphides, or darkened the air like locusts.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The Aphides breathe through pores at the sides of their bodies.
"Roses and Rose Growing" by Rose Georgina Kingsley
The aphides are eating them all up.
"Stories That End Well" by Octave Thanet
The aphids or plant lice are readily discernable when they appear on plants, as they are sure to do under nearly all conditions.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
They keep Aphides as milch-cows.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
Relations of ants and aphids.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Aphides are born, as a rule, alive, and the young soon commence to reproduce again.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
The aphides multiply for many generations without the intervention of a male.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
Green aphides or lice often follow lack of strength in the cabbage.
"Farm Gardening with Hints on Cheap Manuring" by Anonymous
The woolly aphids thus serve as the sole food of the caterpillar during its brief life as a larva.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
These insects find their way to trees or plants that are infested with their proper food, the Aphides.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
It feeds on Aphides.
"On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects" by Sir John Lubbock
Here, for instance, a wee babe just out of the egg slides down the stalk, and falls plump among a whole family of the aphides.
"Eye Spy" by William Hamilton Gibson
It is particularly fond of flies, or a rose-branch covered with aphides will please it very much.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Take the case of the ants, who milk the aphides, and go slave-hunting.
"Hieroglyphics" by Arthur Machen
It was a warm, still day, and I fancy the flies they were catching were winged aphides.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
Professor Leuckart placed round the trunk of a tree, which was visited by ants as a pasture for aphides, a broad cloth soaked in tobacco-water.
"Animal Intelligence" by George J. Romanes
He laughed in my face, and brought forward certain well-known facts in the reproduction of the aphid or cabbage-louse.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
When cultivated in greenhouses liliums are subject to attack from aphides (green fly) in the early stages of growth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

Russian wheat aphid s are attacking wheat plants in the South Plains and Panhandle in record numbers, according to Dr Ed Bynum, Texas AgriLife Extension Service enomologist in Amarillo.
Lupines do well in our cooler climate but are absolute magnets for aphids.
Woolly apple aphid .
Solving the woolly apple aphid .
Woolly apple aphid treated as quarantine pest.
Control of woolly apple aphid s appears to be slipping.
Woolly apple aphid colony in the greenhouse, showing merging of colonies and heavy wool production.
A unique species of aphid is found right under researcher's nose, on the MU campus.
Asian lady beetles ( Harmonia axyridis ) specialize in eating aphids and scaled insects so they were considered a beneficial insect.
Basil is a great companion to tomato plants, as its strong fragrance confuses predators such as aphids and hornworms.
The curled and twisted leaves are caused by an insect called the plum leaf curl aphid (scientific name: Brachycaudus helichrysi).
Plum and pluot trees with curled, bubbled leaves in spring are suffering from aphids, not peach leaf curl, Montenegro said.
The aphids that go after plum and pluot leaves often escape blame because they are very small and they hide beneath the curled edges of the leaf.
The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University (ISU) have released a collaborative second edition of the Soybean Aphid Field Guide .
Officials concerned about spread of hemlock-destroying aphid.