Rose aphids

A splash of color for your Thursday evening:

Macrosiphum rosae - rose aphids, on a yellow rose in Tucson Arizona

The rose aphid, Macrosiphum rosae, dates its taxonomic heritage right to the opening of modern nomenclature. It was described by Linneaus himself in the 1758 volume Systema Naturae.

Of course, the aphids don’t pay much attention. They’re just happy to tap into rose phloem.

***update: Cameron Brumley informs me these may actually be Rhodobium porosum, another rose-feeding aphid. Am checking into it.

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/200 sec
diffuse twin flash

5 thoughts on “Rose aphids”

  1. Taken with a 20D? Are you going through your archive, or did you dust off a favourite body for old time’s sake? 🙂

    How much do 20D’s sell for secondhand now anyway? It might qualify for your “thrifty Thursday” posts at SA. The MP-E65 lens might bump it over the limit, but with a secondhand 60mm macro, or reversed 50mm? Old cameras can still take decent photos.

    1. KEH Camera Brokers ( have Canon 20Ds for about $300, and 10Ds for about $250, so yes, I’d say they could meet the letter of the rule for Thrifty Thursdays, if not the spirit. I originally got my 10D from KEH because I realized that they were cheaper than a decent point-and-shoot at that point (although the lens did tip me over past the $500 mark).

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