Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em

Jonathan Swift wrote:

"So, Nat'ralists observe, a Flea
Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller yet to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum"

Which is often rendered in the Augustus De Morgan re-write:

"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on"

So the Ixora plant by my door here on Nevis has Green Scale (and green aphids) attacking it, and the Green Scale insects have parasitoids in the wasp family Encyrtid attacking them, and so on...

Publicado el 21 de marzo de 2020 por susanhewitt susanhewitt

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Pulgones (Familia Aphididae)

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susanhewitt

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Marzo 20, 2020 a las 05:56 PM EDT

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susanhewitt

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Marzo 20, 2020 a las 05:57 PM EDT

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The green translucent ones are normal. The dark ones are parasitized, I assume?

These scale insects are living on the underside of leaves of a yellow Ixora.

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susanhewitt

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Marzo 20, 2020 a las 05:57 PM EDT

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Some of these Green Scales, Coccus viridis, appear to be parasitized, and so I assume they were attacked by parasitoid wasps in the family Encyrtidae?

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I love it Susan, a bit of culture with our nature lessons. We could use a lot more. Thank you.

Publicado por rtwhitson3 hace más de 4 años

Everyone loves a good meal!

Publicado por kitty12 hace más de 4 años

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