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The Enemy of the Gardener

Oleander aphids clustering on a milkweed stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Aphids, don't you just hate them? Especially those oleander aphids that suck the very lifeblood out of our milkweed plants that we're struggling to...

Oleander aphids clustering on a milkweed stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oleander aphids clustering on a milkweed stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oleander aphids clustering on a milkweed stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Aphids magnified on a Leica DVM6 microscope, operated by Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology.
Aphids magnified on a Leica DVM6 microscope, operated by Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology.

Aphids magnified on a Leica DVM6 microscope, operated by Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology.

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Wash Their Mouths Out With Soap

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We're not the only ones "celebrating" the first week of spring. The oleander aphids are doing a happy dance on our milkweed plants. We think they're...

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM

How Small Is Small?

A lady beetle, a monarch caterpillar and an infestation of oleander aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes in a world of towering skyscrapers, jumbo jets and warehouses big enough to hold a small planet--or at least a state the size of...

A lady beetle, a monarch caterpillar and an infestation of oleander aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle, a monarch caterpillar and an infestation of oleander aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, a monarch caterpillar and an infestation of oleander aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An oleander aphid on
An oleander aphid on "the nose" of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An oleander aphid on "the nose" of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An oleander aphid on the back of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An oleander aphid on the back of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An oleander aphid on the back of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An oleander aphid crawling on a tentacle of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An oleander aphid crawling on a tentacle of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An oleander aphid crawling on a tentacle of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM

The Hitchhiker

A lady beetle picks up a hitchhiker, an oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oleander aphids, those cartoonish-looking yellow insects with black legs and cornicles, are commonly found on oleanders. Hence their name. But they...

A lady beetle picks up a hitchhiker, an oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle picks up a hitchhiker, an oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle picks up a hitchhiker, an oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One on the back and one in the mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One on the back and one in the mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One on the back and one in the mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The oleander aphid maintains its hold on the back of its predator, a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The oleander aphid maintains its hold on the back of its predator, a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The oleander aphid maintains its hold on the back of its predator, a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle prepares for take-off, with the oleander aphid still clinging to its back. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The lady beetle prepares for take-off, with the oleander aphid still clinging to its back. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle prepares for take-off, with the oleander aphid still clinging to its back. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 8:10 PM
 
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