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Aphid Credit Tim Crabb
Aphid Credit Tim Crabb

Aphids are one of the most remarkable insects on the planet

Published: May 2, 2023

Aphids get a bad name in horticulture, but there are some amazing things about them that many people just don’t know. More commonly known as greenfly, or blackfly, aphids are small sap-feeding insects which actually occur in a wide range of colours and live on a wide range of garden plants. With over 4,000 species worldwide they are one of the best-known groups of the Hemiptera or ‘true bug’ classification of insects. Over 600 species are found in the UK, and many are unwelcome in gardens due to their reliance on plant sap to sustain their highly successful colonies.

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