Macrophoto of a peach aphid, Myzus persicae

Macrophoto of a peach aphid, Myzus persicae

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of the peach aphid Myzus persicae on the stem of a stinging nettle plant Urtica dioica. This is an example of parthenogentic birth, the development of the egg without fertilization. In early summer these large females (2-3mm long) are called stem mothers and produce a wingless generation of aphids like themselves. These young then produce a winged generation which are able to disperse to a secondary host plant.

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Keywords: animal, aphid, birth, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, myzus persicae, nature, parthenogenisis, peach, peach aphid, stem mother, type, wildlife, zoology

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