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As aphids feed, they excrete a sticky, clear liquid known as honeydew that often forms a sticky coating on automobiles, picnic tables, lawn furniture, and plants underneath plants where aphids are feeding. A gray-black, sooty mold soon begins to grow on the sugar-rich honeydew, and it not only blocks sunlight and disrupts photosynthesis, but it can damage the finish on cars, chairs, tables or other objects.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Aphidoidea
Family: Aphididae
Subfamily: Lachninae
Tribe: Lachnini
Genus: Longistigma
Subject: Longistigma caryae (Harris, 1841)
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Image uploaded:
Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Image last updated:
Friday, August 9, 2002