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Feb 5, 2011 11:23 AM

Continuing my previous aphid ID request (of 03-Feb-2011)

Thank you for your reply. This is the best image I have got so far of one of the aphids -  from very close to the sycamore.  Two cornicles can be seen.

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  • Well, it's not Periphyllus anyway. It may be Drepanosiphum but the cornicles don't look quite long enough. That could be beacuse it's not fully grown but I wondered if that was a baby emerging from its rear end - or a light patch of bark. Anyway, I think it's Drepanosiphum but I'm not sure
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      • Yes, oribatid mites are abundant in some habitats e.g. forest leaf litter - they're the dark roundish ones (I think, but I'm not a mite expert). I think they feed mostly on decaying plant matter and so play their part in the decomposition of the leaf litter layer, which may be why E O Wilson considers them important. But lots of other creatures / fungi / bacteria are involved in the process too.
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