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How do aphids reproduce?
Aphids reproduce in two different ways, which are sexual and asexual reproduction. When aphids produce asexually, they make clones of themselves without a male aphid. Until the wintertime, female aphids lay eggs that then hatch, and some of them are male aphids that later mature and mate with female aphids.
How fast can aphids reproduce?
One feature most species share is that they are incredibly prolific. Wingless adult female aphids can produce 50 to 100 offspring. A newly born aphid becomes a reproducing adult within about a week and then can produce up to 5 offspring per day for up to 30 days!
Do aphid eggs live in soil?
They reproduce asexually during the growing season. Eggs over-winter in soil or, in warm seasons, are attached to leaves and stems above the root line where they hatch and fall to the ground. The aphid bores into the root, creating scars that leave plants vulnerable to mildew and disease.
What does aphid larvae look like?
The larvae look like tiny bright orange maggots. The color may vary depending on the aphids' food source. Colors can range from pale yellow to dark red. If you do not find them naturally occurring in your garden, don't despair!
Do aphids clone themselves?
Aphids have one of the most fascinating life cycles of any insect. Females can clone themselves and give birth to live young. This is one of the reasons why aphid populations can increase so quickly. Females don't need to pause for sexual reproduction and egg laying, they simply clone a good thing!
Do aphids reproduce by budding?
Most aphid reproduction is asexual via a process called parthenogenesis. The aphid is one of around 2,000 species thought to perform this type of reproduction, along with some plants, other insects, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.