Origin of aphidfrom Modern Latin aphis (pl. aphides); first applied by Linnaeus probably from MGr, misreading of Classical Greek koris, a bug
Origin of aphidNew Latin Aphis Aphid- type genus, coined by Carolus Linnaeus perhaps as a back-formed singular Aphīs from plural Aphīdes irregularly derived from Greek apheideis plural of apheidēs unsparing, unmerciful, lavish (in reference to the damage caused by aphids or to their high reproductive rate) a- not ; see a- 1. pheidesthai to spare, be merciful, live thriftily ; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
Modern Latin aphides, coined by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. His inspiration for the name remains unclear. OED suggests a connection to Ancient Greek αφειδής (apheidēs, “unsparing, lavishly borrowed”) in reference to the insects' voracity or rapid rate of production.
- You may need to use row covers to keep beetles from laying eggs on squash plants, for example, or use an insecticidal soap to remove aphid infestations.
- Attract and protect aphid predators such as ladybugs, lacewings, assassin bugs, praying mantis, adult wasps, spiders and chickadees.
- Aphid infestations can be sprayed off with a strong blast of water from the hose.
- By controlling ants you may also find that the aphid problem is reduced.
- So give him to someone else who's having aphid problems.