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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - Aphids
Class:Insecta Order:Hemiptera Family:Aphididae


All unidentified Aphids will end up here. Aphids, Family Aphididae. Actually, Aphids covers such a broad spectrum of plant-pest flies, there's more than one taxonomical Family of them under the Superfamily Aphidoidea, but several thousand species exsist under the Family Aphididae alone. Variations of today's aphids exsisted during the Crestaceous Period, over 100 million years ago. Aphids like ours today, however, seem to have popped up just under 10 million years ago. Aphids have soft, pear-shaped bodies, are millimeters in length, can travel by wind, eat plant sap and secrete honeydew (not the melon, but a carb rich liquid that is consumed and actually farmed by ants). Most aphids are partial to one plant and are named for it - the term for this is Monophagous. Another neat note - when food is poor, aphids can produce winged off spring, called Alates.

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