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    Sounds pretty clever Zongy!

    Jim, you're the one who said it, not me! =P

    So far, I soaked them and sprayed them with that garlic infusion jim found, so far I don't see any nasties (but then, I don't see much between all that wayward peat everywhere in my plants), guess I'll know in a few days.

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    The aphid's all female asexually produced offspring are basically clones (genetically identical to the mother aphid). They only need a male for genetic variation (like Zongiy said). Without a male the entire species would be extremely fragile and would definately die out. The same goes for any other species of any living being.
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    Hey, I feel better now! I just hope the green nasties are toast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Oh I see!
    So... aphids could techically live completely without males then?
    Yep, but then they may eventually die off due to no variation in the gene pool. if an organism is overly specialised (no access to new genes) then it will be the first to go during a major catastrope. eg. ice age, armagedon, the day after tomorrow... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    Exactly, if all the aphids were just clones of one another then a virus which fatally affects a particular type of gene in that gene pool would totally wipe out the aphids in a week. As there is no variation due to asexual reproduction, the aphids can't develop resistence to the disease, so...are you thinking what I'm thinking? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Yes, aphids are smart, but then try putting them on a spatulata... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I have no aphids on my plants which is a good thing :P, but I have ortho rose/garden pest control, is this safe? Guess I will post here, I don't want to make a new thread [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

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    it's amazing how amazing even things like aphids can be!
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    From what i learned in science class last year, they give birth to pregnant young, who give birth to more pregnant young, who give birth to more pregnant young, and it keeps going on forever. But they only spent about ten minutes on the subject. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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