The Red Aphid (Aphididae) is a small insect in the Aphididae family.
The Red Aphid is a reddish- brown, soft-bodied insect with a pear-shape. It has six legs and a pair of little tubes, called cornicles, from its lower abdomen. It has forewings (front wings) and hind wings (back wings). It has very small eyes, sucking mouthparts, and long antennae.
It cannot jump or hop. It is so small that winds can transport it over long distances. It becomes wind-borne.
It sucks the sap (juice) from plant leaves, mainly crops and flowers. It is usually seen in spring and autumn.
The female adult Aphid lays eggs, which hatch in spring. They hatch into nymphs, which go through stages before becoming adults.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM