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Old 03-04-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Aphids Have Personalities, Too!

Something to think about the next time you blast aphids off your plants...

"Tiny green insects known as pea aphids have individual behavior patterns, or “personalities,” despite being clones of one another, scientists say. The researchers found differences in the way each individual responds to a threat."

See Tiny bugs have own personalities despite being clones, scientists say for the rest of the story.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
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They may respond in several ways to a threat: They can walk away, drop off the plant or seemingly ignore the signal.
Pea aphids can be divided in to one of three categories: “drop pers,” consistent “non-droppers,” and some that behave unpredictably.
Must be a survival skill.....distraction.
Predators would wipe out A HECK OF A LOT more if they all stayed in just one area.
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"Tiny green insects known as pea aphids have individual behavior patterns, or “personalities,” despite being clones of one another..."

I *just* learned that aphids make clones of themselves through parthenogenesis from reading Tallamy's book...now we learn they have "personalities"

I was recently discussing with someone about animal personalities...I wouldn't have applied it to the insect world though...even though part of the point I was making was how little people really know and how we are so quick to dismiss them as *just animals*.

But, to my credit, I did give some credit to the insect world when discussing communication and language in the animal world... I used the example of the dance bees do to convey information about where a nectar source is located.
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