Aphids are a diverse and fascinating group of insects with complex lifecycles, many unique characteristics and intricate relationships with a wide range of other invertebrates. Although many people may just think of aphids as pests that infest roses and lupins, or occur as whiteflies and greenflies in greenhouses, they are in fact an integral and important part of many ecosystems, and the vast majority of the 600 species in the UK pose no problems for cultivated plants.
This talk covers all aspects of aphids and their ecological relationships, and is superbly illustrated by high quality photographs, many of them taken at very high magnification. It reveals the remarkable features that enable aphids to increase their populations very quickly and the mutually-beneficial relationships they have with various ant species, as well as lots of other unique attributes. This presentation will open your eyes to a dramatic miniature world of life that takes place all around, but is largely unseen and unknown.
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