A small bug which feeds by sucking sap from plants; a blackfly or greenfly. Aphids reproduce rapidly, sometimes producing live young without mating, and large numbers can cause extensive damage to plants.
Superfamily Aphidoidea, suborder Homoptera‘The gardener's friend, the busy little ladybird helps by eating aphids and greenfly.’
- ‘As a group, aphids attack a plant by sucking its fluids from tender new growth.’
- ‘Keep a look out for aphids on tender young growth or on plants that are stressed and unhappy.’
- ‘Using an oil spray will get rid of aphids, lacebugs and spider mites quickly.’
- ‘Sap-sucking insects such as aphids carry viruses between plants.’
Late 19th century back-formation from aphides, plural of aphis.