\ ˈā-fəd also ˈa-fəd How to pronounce aphid (audio) \

Definition of aphid

: any of numerous very small soft-bodied homopterous insects (superfamily Aphidoidea) that suck the juices of plants

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Avelar adds that this can also help keep aphids (insects that feed on plant sap) away. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Baking Soda," 6 Mar. 2019 Pests controlled: Yellow traps attract whiteflies, fruit flies, male winged scales, leafhoppers, fungus gnats, midges, male winged mealybugs and leafminers, thrips, psyllids, and winged aphids. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 The predators hunt grubs, aphids, and houseflies — other pests that annoy at outdoor dinners and in your garden. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 The insect, a type of scale from China and Japan, is attracted to the weakened roseau cane, much in the same way garden aphids swarm over a dying tomato plant, Hooper-Bui said. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Wetland plague may be getting help from high water levels, researcher says," 31 May 2018 Even insects have varying preferences for cucurbitacins—the compounds attract cucumber beetles but repel other insects, such as aphids and spider mites. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 19 May 2017 Wasps have lost their appetite for aphids by this time of summer. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Gardening: It’s summertime and 90-plus degrees, but think about fall harvest now," 6 July 2018 Corn earworms, cabbage loopers, aphids, and flea beetles may also become a problem. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 Wasps are notorious predators of agricultural pests, including whiteflies, aphids, moths, beetles and plant lice. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of aphid

: a very small insect that harms plants


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Kids Definition of aphid

: a small insect that sucks the juices of plants

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