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Re: Cult:Aphids

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Cult:Aphids
  • From: "John I. Jones" <jijones@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 21:54:11 +0000
  • References: <aab873ed.358693b4@aol.com>

SOkase@aol.com wrote:
> Hi John,
> Thanks for relaying everyone's messages. I sure appreciate it. I too, don't
> want to overload you with messages of little importance but I have something
> to add to the aphid thread that might be of interest to those who want to keep
> an eye on their ants and aphids. This was taken from an article I found in an
> Ortho pest book.
> A quick summary of the article:
> There are more than 800 species of aphids (WOW!) and are very prolific. During
> spring and summer most aphids are females (Stem Mothers), giving birth to live
> young one after another without ever mating (don'tcha wish YOU could do
> that?). The young are ready to reproduce live young in about a week. When
> populations become larger than food supplies the stem mother starts producing
> winged aphids which fly away to establish new colonies and they, in turn start
> shooting babies out. When cold weather approaches, aphids start producing
> fertile males and lay eggs that overwinter so the cycle can continue next
> spring. Often, males are born without mouths as their only purpose is to mate
> (oh, how sad!).
> SCARY!!!! This sounds like a great story line for a Stephen King novel.
> Iris Maniac,
> Sterling (not Innerst)
> Seattle, WA. Zone 8
> SOkase@aol.com

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