Marvels of Nature
Two or three weeks ago , there was a thread on here relating to Aconitum (Monkshood) aphids .
I looked these up , and they were the blue-bodied Delphiniobium aphids , which also attack Delphiniums (would you guess) ? What I found amazing about these creatures was the fact they absorb the toxins from the plant , thus making themselves toxic to predators .
Being bright blue , they make no attempt to conceal themselves , unlike most other aphids , and bask in broad daylight on the upper leaf surfaces , almost 'knowing' they are impervious to attack !
Would this be a classic case of symbiosis in nature ? I find this whole concept absolutely fascinating .
I know complex relationships exist involving plants/birds/insects etc . but these are nearly always associated with warmer climes and more hostile environments than the relatively benign European climate .
Does anyone here know of similar scenarios involving our more common garden plants ?
Your replies will be most welcome .