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Oct 13, 2009 02:04 |  #1

The top of my neighbours garden waste bin provided an interesting photo-opportunity yesterday. He'd been pruning trees the previous day and the top of the bin was covered with aphids with some aphid predators taking advantage.

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Oct 13, 2009 02:49 |  #2

great series, do chalcidae attack aphids, in Richmond Park they seem to congregate where there are aphids but that may be coincidence?


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Oct 13, 2009 02:58 |  #3

racketman wrote in post #8811710 (external link)
great series, do chalcidae attack aphids, in Richmond Park they seem to congregate where there are aphids but that may be coincidence?

Thanks Toby.
Re the chalcid wasps can only say I've not seen them doing that. Suspect it's more likely they were picking up honey dew drops from leaves ?

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Oct 13, 2009 04:07 |  #4

Nice shots


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Oct 13, 2009 13:29 |  #5

artyman wrote in post #8811838 (external link)
Nice shots

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Oct 13, 2009 13:38 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #6

The aphids seem completely oblivious to the fact that something is devouring them. I've watched a ladybug walk right up and start eating an aphid while it's still feeding.

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Oct 13, 2009 19:31 |  #7

Very interesting series Brian.


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Oct 13, 2009 19:45 |  #8

Those poor aphids! Seems like all the other insects have it in for them...LOL. Nice shots. :)


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Oct 14, 2009 00:35 |  #9

Thanks for the comments :)
You do get the impression aphids are at the bottom of the insect food chain - no wonder they reproduce so fast :)

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Oct 14, 2009 16:26 |  #10

Brilliant shots of the hover larvae, probably the closest shots Ive seen of one munching like that. Wonder what hover it will be.

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Oct 14, 2009 21:14 |  #11

very cool shots Brian!


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Oct 15, 2009 00:44 |  #12

Thanks Linda and Martin for the comments :)
Shot of the same hoverfly larva the next day below- looks as if it may have settled down to pupate after gorging itself on so many aphids.

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Oct 15, 2009 07:00 as a reply to  @ racketman's post |  #13

What an horrible way to die. Nice shots


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Oct 15, 2009 07:27 |  #14

HeleneD wrote in post #8826035 (external link)
What an horrible way to die. Nice shots

Thanks for the comment Helene.
Luckily inects do not perceive pain in the same way we do.

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Oct 15, 2009 16:36 |  #15

LordV wrote in post #8825186 (external link)
Thanks Linda and Martin for the comments :)
Shot of the same hoverfly larva the next day below- looks as if it may have settled down to pupate after gorging itself on so many aphids.

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I would love it if you were able to watch the progress of this one - wouldnt it be just great if you saw what emerged. Now I dont know anyone that has actually seen a hover emerge - have you seen an actual emergence?

I recently had 2 pupa on the seed bits of some Honesty and I wondered whether to put them somewhere safer, knowing that the discs would pop, but the wind got them before I had a chance to decide where to move them to, so now I will never know where they went

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