The Backyard Jungle XI: The Aphid Life Cycle

Here's the eleventh in a series of articles that will help you tell friend from foe in the garden, focusing on the aphid life cycle.

aphid life cycle - aphid giving birth
For gardeners, asexual reproduction is one of the more frustrating features of the aphid life cycle. Here an adult, winged female is giving live birth. Note the adult's proboscis penetrating the leaf on which it rests.
Photo by Ron West