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Aphid Colony - Genus/Species Possible? - Aphis

Aphid Colony - Genus/Species Possible? - Aphis
St. John's, Northeast Avalon, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
July 21, 2006
Size: ~1mm Bodies
This aphid colony was one of many that were attached to weeds growing along a city street.  Yesterday I photographed one colony with a Syrphid fly approaching it.  Today I've taken more close-ups of a couple of individuals from the colony with the hope of getting an ID on the type of aphid.  Is a genus and perhaps even a species asking too much? All of the aphid colonies in this area were being tended by black ants as seen in the Syphid Fly photos.

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Syrphid prey - Aphis Aphid Colony - Genus/Species Possible? - Aphis Aphid Colony - Genus/Species Possible? - Aphis Aphid Colony - Genus/Species Possible? - Aphis Aphid Colony - Genus/Species Possible? - Aphis Syrphid fly? - Aphis

Moved
Moved from Aphids.

Moved
Moved from Aphids.

Aphid genus and species
Aphids are hard, and we don't have an aphid expert to help us. Many of them look so similar that you have to either have a specimen and a dissecting scope or know the host plant. If you can show the flowers and foliage of the plants, some of us with botanical backgrounds may be able to ID those.

The only species IDs we have are for distinctive ones like the Yellow Milkweed Aphid.

 
Meadowsweet Host Plant
I knew that knowing the host plant would be important, so I just this minute got back from a trip to the local botanical garden. I took a non-invested sample of the host plant with me and they quickely ID'd it as one of the Rosaceae, Meadowsweet, Spiraea latifolia (Ait.) Borkh. When I went to post this information, there was your message requesting it. Does this help? This photo shows some aphids that look similar to mine but none mention Meadowsweet as the host.

 
I'm no expert
I'm sure it will be helpful when we do have someone who knows aphids. Meanwhile, I can't hold out much hope.

 
Asked For Extra Help...
I just sent an email to Dr. Robert G. Foottit, Ph.D.  He specializes in aphids and co-authored the paper, "Aphids of the Yukon".  I asked if he would look at my photos and see if he can suggest an ID.  I hope I hear from him.  Of course, I'll post here if I do.

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