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LAmich wrote at 2010-03-30 05:20:05
I think you're wrong.  They do 'bite'--or rather pierce human skin with their tiny straw sucker.  We have them in our backyard and at a certain stage in their life cycle, they do seem to be capable of giving a sting.  If you don't believe me, please by all means, come and study our garden.  You can be the first to document Pacific aphid 'bites'.  

Ted wrote at 2011-08-30 17:31:58
I live in the Seattle area. Just yesterday I trimmed a tree that it turns out was infested with aphids. I was getting bit like crazy!! I was in shorts and a tank top so I could feel these green bugs biting all over me. I was stunned!! I'd never heard of this before. So yes, aphids can bite (regardless of what the experts say!!)


Mel wrote at 2012-06-14 21:58:35
I agree. I've been bitten many times when I trim my rose bushes. Just finally pulled a teeny one off in the act and put it under a scope - sure enough, an aphid. First time it happened, I had my hands full and didn't swat a larger one, which was eagerly attacking my big toe, quickly enough. It raised a a considerable bump that was tender for days.  

marty wrote at 2013-08-05 23:53:18
I feel that aphids bite too , i was in a a garden picking green beans and got bit by aphids and they were so itchy by the time i was done ,it was  awful

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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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