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MargKnight
Jul 29, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Anyone know what these are? They're on some giant lilies and don't seem to be causing much damage, if any at all. I just want to know what they are and if they can spread. I'm pretty sure the lilies are stargazers. They're well established and have been at the house since we moved in one year ago.

I would think they are green aphids, but they have a pinkish center. It actually looks to be the same color as the lily petals. Could I be seeing stomach contents?

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ZenMan
Jul 29, 2017 12:48 PM CST
MargKnight said:Anyone know what these are?
I would think they are green aphids, but they have a pinkish center. It actually looks to be the same color as the lily petals. Could I be seeing stomach contents?


Yes, they are aphids. And, yes, you can see into an aphid and see its internal organs.

ZM
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sooby
Jul 29, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Purple-spotted lily aphid, Macrosiphum lillii. I believe the colour is external rather than stomach contents.

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