National Geographic : 1961 Jun
Rose Aphids CAMERAS PROBE THE BIZARRE WORLD OF A GARDEN PEST Text and photographs by TREAT DAVIDSON THROUGH 40 YEARS of gardening I harbored a rosegrower's hatred for aphids. When the minute sap suckers appeared on my bushes, I rushed for a spray to destroy them. Now I go for my camera. My interest sprang from chance. I had ordered spe cial camera equipment for photographing insects in action. When it arrived, in late November, snow covered the ground about my home in Warren, Pennsylvania, and virtually all insects had disappeared. Only a few aphids remained on the withered rose leaves. They looked frozen, but after a few hours indoors they began moving about, seemingly none the worse for several frosty nights. My test pictures revealed pear-shaped creatures of extraordinary coloring-green, red, pink, orange, and yellow. Some displayed a delicate blend KODACHROME(LEFT) AND EKTACHROMEI) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Smaller than a pinhead, a young aphid crawls past a shiny black egg deposited on the rose stem. Voracious garden pests speckle a dew-beaded "Crimson Glory." Needlelike beaks suck plant juices.