Thursday, March 04, 2010

A Scary Thought

In an Organic Gardening magazine I was thumbing through recently, I came across the following statistic:

If a single aphid lived her full lifespan, including 21 birth-giving days, and all of her offspring lived and reproduced at full capacity too, when the original aphid died at the end of those 21 reproductive days, she would leave behind 1,099,511,627,775 descendants. That's over 1 trillion aphids!

Sure makes me glad that I don't kill off my aphid-eating armies of predator insects by using bug spray!

3 comments:

Jo said...

That Is a scary thought. Aphids... Was nearly overrun with them last year.

David In Kansas said...

I use my big fat fingers to commit Aphidicide (although I used a pepper based spray once that worked kind-of)

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