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Aphids

More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
Aphids are common, small, soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. To see them well, you probably need a hand lens, but the damage they do to plants can be all too obvious!

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Aphids

Aphids are soft-bodied, plump, pear-shaped, and tiny. They suck plant juices. They have two tubelike projections on the hind end of the body, called cornicles, which aid in defense. Aphids are commonly green, yellow, or brown, but the color varies among the many, many species.

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Photo of a green lacewing larva eating aphids

Green Lacewing Larva (Aphid Lion) With Aphids

Green lacewing larvae are long, flattened, segmented, and lizard-like, with six legs and sickle-shaped mouthparts. "Aphid lions" are insatiable predators of aphids, grasping them with grooved, caliper-shaped jaws, lifting them in the air, and letting the aphid's fluids drain into the aphid lion's mouth.

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Photo of a lady beetle larva with aphids

Lady Beetle Larva With Aphids

Lady beetle larvae are long, segmented, soft-bodied, and lizard-like, with six legs, and are often gray, tan, black, and brown, with small bristles. They devour aphids, which suck the sap from plants.

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