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There has been a population explosion in the aphids in the last few weeks and the trees are coated in honey dew and being worked heavily today along with heaps of wasp.

Just what we need another food for wasps :(

 

Great photos Rob. By the time the nymph makes her final moult to the mature aptera (wingless adult) with the strongly developed shark's fin tubercle she has 12 mature embryos in her abdomen and is ready to continue the procreation cycle. If you squash the thorax region of the aphid you will squeeze some of them out - you will see the tiny black eyes on the heads of the embryos.

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