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Milkweed Aphid

Aphis nerii


Tiny little yellow bugs that suck the life out of milkweed, oleander and a few other plants. This is a non-native invasive species.


Tropical and Mediterranean climates. San Diego is a Mediterranean climate zone, so they flourish here.


This is interesting! "Female aphids lay live young (nymphs), a process known as viviparity. Female aphids reproduce by parthenogenesis, males have never been observed in the wild but have been produced under laboratory conditions" (Wikipedia)

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Tukup 2 months ago

Great shot and write-up Ava. Weird. Like the most dominant male Clownfish changing sex and taking the place of the matriarch of the group when she dies. Very strange.

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 32.72, Long: -117.11

Spotted on Aug 24, 2017
Submitted on Jan 4, 2019

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