Coloured SEM of a nettle aphid on nettle plant

Coloured SEM of a nettle aphid on nettle plant

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Caption: Nettle aphid. Coloured scanning electron micrograph showing a large nettle aphid Microlophium carnosum on the surface of a leaf of a stinging nettle plant Urtica dioica. Stinging hairs of the leaf can be seen. Aphids, which are known as plant lice, are specialised plant feeders that suck the sap from plant veins. They are green, black, orange or pink in colour and can multiply rapidly. Aphids are serious pests of flowers, vegetables and some fruit trees. In being associated with the nettle, Microlophium carnosum may gain some protection from the stinging hairs of this plant. Magnification: x30 at 6x7cm size. x100 at 8x10"

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Keywords: animal, aphid, bug, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, jointed legs, leaf, microlophium carnosum, nature, nettle, on leaf, plant lice, stinging hairs, type, urtica dioica, wildlife, wingless, zoology

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