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_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 28 Giant Willow Aphids

 

 

 

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GIANT WILLOW APHIDS Tuberolachnis salignus

 

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GIANT WILLOW APHIDS Tuberolachnis salignus GIANT WILLOW APHIDS Tuberolachnis salignus

 

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GIANT WILLOW APHID Tuberolachnis salignus

 

 

         As there are more than six hundred species of aphids in the British Isles it was something of a relief to be able to photograph such a readily recognisable and distinctive (both in terms of size and appearance) example as the Giant Willow Aphid Tuberolachnis salignus. Aphids are perhaps easiest to identify from their plant associations but generally these homopteran bugs are the preserve of those expert entomologists equipped to identify them by studying their morphology and comparing it with illustrations in entomological keys (or perhaps these days by comparing DNA samples). Note that not all species are associated with a single host plant. As may be seen from the photographs there were aphids present at various stages of their life-histories including some fully winged adults (alates). As a non-aphid expert the photographer would refer readers to this useful reference: https://influentialpoints.com/Gallery/Identify_the_most_commonly_seen_British_aphids.htm.

 

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