Aphids are soft-bodied, plump, pear-shaped, and tiny. They suck plant juices. They have two tubelike projections on the hind end of the body, called cornicles, which aid in defense. Aphids are commonly green, yellow, or brown, but the color varies among the many, many species.
Green lacewing larvae are long, flattened, segmented, and lizard-like, with six legs and sickle-shaped mouthparts. "Aphid lions" are insatiable predators of aphids, grasping them with grooved, caliper-shaped jaws, lifting them in the air, and letting the aphid's fluids drain into the aphid lion's mouth.
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