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aphid - Rhopalosiphum

aphid - Rhopalosiphum
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
January 6, 2008
Size: 1-2mm
I was shooting butterflies when this thing made its way onto my arm. Here is a picture I took of the host plant, , but unfortunately I don't know the identity of that either. Can anybody help in either respect?

Moved from Aphids.

Looks like a Rhopalosiphum nymph.

The host plant is a Salvia, I believe
there are a gazillion of them and it's not one I immediately recognize to species/cultivar, though.

The plant is confirmed by the local nursery to be Salvia "mystic spires blue." No idea if this information assists in naming the aphid, though.

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