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A small family of green aphids stands on the end of a stalk of tack oat grass, {Avena sativa}, that has a tiny drop of clear water at the tip (because it is guttating due to high-humidity).  There is one larger aphid (most likely a parthenogenetically reproducing female) and six smaller aphids (probably her offspring / babies).  Aphids are phloem feeding parasites, so this isn't a good sign for the grass, but I think they're absolutely adorable with their spindly little legs, long antennae, and red eyes.  So cute! Having just a couple of blades of grass blurred out of focus in the background gives context without distracting from the aphids.
A small family of green aphids stands on the end of a stalk of tack oat grass, {Avena sativa}, that has a tiny drop of clear water at the tip (because it is guttating due to high-humidity). There is one larger aphid (most likely a parthenogenetically reproducing female) and six smaller aphids (probably her offspring / babies). Aphids are phloem feeding parasites, so this isn't a good sign for the grass, but I think they're absolutely adorable with their spindly little legs, long antennae,...
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Keywords:
  • 60mm efs
  • Avena sativa
  • California
  • Orange County
  • black background
  • blade
  • closeup
  • drop
  • grass
  • green
  • guttation
  • macro
  • oat grass
  • side light
  • tack oats
  • water
  • water drop