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Handheld macro. I think that the little ones may be young ladybugs. See comments below.

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Comment by Doug McMillin on May 20, 2021 at 6:33pm

I went back for another look and found these dark and stripy aphids:

It seems now that the aphids are ahead or else we are looking at something neither aphid nor lady bug larvae, out of only a few million other possibilities.

Comment by anna mccolm on May 20, 2021 at 6:16pm

I googled images of black aphids and a photo of those stripy ones came up.

Comment by Doug McMillin on May 20, 2021 at 4:35pm

Anna, My description above had originally said the same, that lady bugs ate aphids, but then I looked for images of aphids that looked like mine and found none. Then I looked for photos of young ladybugs and they were close. Here is one kind of lady bug larva:

(Caption tells gardeners not to squash these; they are not aphids, but lady bug larvae.)

And here is a closer look at mine, slightly different but perhaps a species variation:

These could be larvae of some other insect perhaps, but there are no aphids that look like this, that I could find. The one black aphid has no stripes.

Finally, here are all three players together in one photo (mom, kids and supper):


(Caption says that ladybugs eat less when subjected to loud noise, AC/DC included.)

One learns something new every day?

Comment by anna mccolm on May 20, 2021 at 2:30pm

These are aphids, Doug, and ladybirds eat them.

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