Size: Around 1/4 of an inch
Origin: Pretty much everywhere
Life Span: From a few weeks to a few months
Hi there. Me, up in the picture. The larger one. My name is Agnes and I am an Aphid. The smaller ones around me in the picture are young Aphids.
Aphids are small soft bodied insects. We live off of the juices of plants. To do this we have piercing mouth parts that suck out juices from leaves, roots and stems of plants. The excess sugar from these juices that we don't need, we excrete as something called Honeydew. Aphids have two tubes on the end of their abdomen called Cornicles that they use to dispense this Honeydew.
Ants love Honeydew, and will often "farm" Aphids to be able to have access to the Honeydew. They keep us safe from predators, and take us to food, just like a farmer keeps farm animals!
We Aphids are very small insects, only about 1/4 of an inch. We come in a lot of different colors, from yellow, to green, red, brown and black. There are probably even more colors. We Aphids are often in groups and some of us have wings and can drift up into the air and being so light weight we kind of drift around.