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Winged aphids - biological oddity #2

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The bizarre case of how, when and why aphids develop wings

(1st edition - April 2012) by A.O. Kime
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While winged aphids explains how they can rapidly spread from plant to plant and field to field, but the academic reason put forth to explain when and why some adults create wings - those capable of flight - is quite odd. Although it is generally agreed there are never more than a few winged aphids which develop in a colony, strangely, it is also the consensus that those few "only appear when conditions get crowded".

Surprisingly, here are some academic explanations:

"As the number of aphids increases on a given plant, winged females become more apparent and eventually fly from infested plants to less crowded plants to begin new colonies."

"---but as aphid densities increase winged forms are produced."

"As aphid densities increase or plant condition deteriorates, winged forms are again produced to aid dispersal."

"Aphid numbers can build until conditions are so crowded, or the plant is so stressed, that winged forms are produced."


Of course, these are curious answers for academia - uncharacteristic - seemingly content to leave the matter in the realm of 'magic'. Of the thousands of things which nature does which science tries to explain, this time, at least, science (academia) is rightfully surrendering.

So, what constitutes 'crowded'? Well, most would probably say it's at least several hundred aphids per plant. Whatever... the aphids evidently know. After all, any creature would know 'crowded'.

This also has a poignant aspect being that it is how our ancient ancestors analyzed things before they could count... words such as "few", "several" and "many" were in common use. Ironically it's lingo from the Stone Age which we still use today. Likewise "herd" or "flock" since it isn't always important to know the exact number of beasts or birds all bunched together. Likely "bunch" was a Stone Age word too.

Anyway, it shouldn't be surprising that 'picturing' can also lead to 'knowing'.

Short of having any known scientific reason for the ability of aphids to develop wings out of thin air... there must be a metaphysical reason. But even if there was a scientific reason, that never rules out a metaphysical reason. Likely though, they wouldn't match. Whatever the case, it obviously remains a mystery although the casual observer might say it's just a matter of an occasional rarity, like albinos occasionally occur. Yet, it is said, "winged aphids ONLY appear when conditions get crowded". If so, then it truly is a metaphysical mystery.

One thing is certain though... science doesn't understand what metaphysics is all about. They've failed to recognize what 'drives' metaphysics... the spiritual aspects. They won't consider it because it smacks too much of "God". More and more however, as scientific discoveries push science further into a corner, they'll soon have to admit to its spiritual influences.

So, for answers to such questions one must turn elsewhere... for the time being at least. Greek mythology likely has answers or maybe the American Indians. As for this particular curiosity, seasoned gardeners might have an idea... most likely those who talk to their plants. Who knows... maybe the plants have a hand in it.

Although the quest for globalization began with controlling farm production, as a predictable consequence was the
outsourcing of manufacturing jobs spelling the end of the American dream. See Outsourcing... the killer plague of
the American Dream

But in taking into account that one can know 'how' without knowing the details - surely aphids develop wings when they do because provenance (God's subatomic reality) saw it fitting. And, once seen as fitting caused it to happen. Since this type of "spiritual action" directly involves the science of quantum mechanics - where scientists would normally put this type of odd and unexplainable behavior - they would rather call it "spooky action". Yes, as a result of the weirdness found within quantum mechanics, "spooky action" had emerged as a term within the scientific community. Who would have ever thought scientists would call something "spooky"?

A.O. Kime

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