A is for Aphids

Hemiptera, aphids, plant lice
These unusually red aphids are attacking a plant in Edwards Gardens, Toronto.

Vowel—vowel combinations
Read through the two lists, below, and note that it is the first letter in a vowel–vowel combination that dominates the pronunciation.

List 1

aa, aardvark

ae, aerate

ai, air

ao, aorta

au, auburn

List 2

aa, Aaron (boy’s name)

ea, meat

ia, striate

oa, float

ua, actual

Special reading assignment

  1. “Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.”                          —American proverb.