A gathering of empty aphids that have been parasitised by something (Probably a wasp). It's interesting that they are all gathered in the same place. Woodgate, Qld.
A micro wasp spies on a colony of aphids. Kyogle, NSW.
Try getting a table at this buffet. Ants and Beetle larvae love them for very different reasons. Kyogle, NSW.
Exuvia from a colony of aphids litter this Hibiscus shrub. Kyogle, NSW.
Many aphids infest this hibiscus flower stem. Kyogle, NSW.
Aphid Ant Farm IV
A tiny ginger ant struggles with some silk web while she collects honeydew from aphids. Kyogle, NSW.
Aphids of all developmental stages inhabit this gall they've induced on a cottonwood tree. Kyogle, NSW.
The tiny beads of dried honeydew that collect inside a petiole gall with a couple of discarded exuvia. Kyogle, NSW.
Baby aphids, fat aphids and winged aphids among the balls of dried honeydew inside a petiole gall. Kyogle, NSW.
Aphid nymphs covered in their waxy residue - possibly useful for keeping sticky honeydew at bay. Kyogle, NSW.
Winged adult aphids inside the petiole gall are surrounded by nymphs, waxy residue and honeydew marbles.. Kyogle, NSW.
An aphid community inside a petiole gall on a cottonwood tree. Kyogle, NSW.
A gall made by aphids on the petiole of a cottonwood leaf. There are immature aphids (with white waxy coats) on the outside of the gall. The aphids come and go through the slit on the side of the gall. Kyogle, NSW.
Parasitised aphid is fat with parasite babies. It wears big boots of sap from the thistle flower bud it rests on. Plant revenge? Kyogle, NSW.
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