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More aphids mixed with the oleander ones - Myzocallis asclepiadis

More aphids mixed with the oleander ones - Myzocallis asclepiadis
Schuylkill Nature Center, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
November 10, 2009
Now that I know, I find them all the time. Where there is a cluster of Aphis nerii on common milkweed, about one of ten or one of twenty is this species. They are a little smaller and rather inconspicuous, that is why they go unnoticed.
The tiny white dot to the right is probably an early instar; I have found many of those.

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Interesting!
Looks like you own the category. Might I run across these in California? I'll start looking.

 
Good luck!
I hope that you find some milkweed aphids next year. These ones or others. There is a third species of milkweed aphids that I think I have seen but have no good photos yet. Here.
These ones were found on common milkweed; the USDA map shows no common milkweed in CA, but maybe other milkweeds have the same or perhaps other interesting species of aphids. So, give it a try; it is encouraging to see that some aphids are finally getting identified.

 
Common milkweed
I'm guessing that's the thick-leaved stuff I grew up with as a kid in Ohio. There's one similar variety here, but something like 106 species in California. Will keep looking.

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