Subject:  On my woody plant
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 05/13/2018
Time: 11:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s That Bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Max Yield


Dear Max Yield,
This is an Aphid that feeds by piercing the soft membranes of new shoots of plants and sucking the fluids.  Aphids will quickly multiply.  Ants have a symbiotic relationship with Aphids, caring for them and moving them to new plants, spreading the infestations.  Ants benefit by feeding off the honeydew excreted by Aphids and Aphids benefit from the protection.  An Aphid infestation will compromise the health of your plant and tender shoots will sometimes wither when there are large numbers of Aphids. 

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Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California

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