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Aphids are small sap-sucking insects and members of the superfamily Aphodoidea.  Varying in length from 1 to 10 millimeters, they are one of the most destructive insect pests.

Aphids are sometimes referred to as "plant lice".  In Britain they are also known as "Greenflies, Blackflies" or "Whiteflies".


Woolly Aphids

Welcome to the world of Woolly Aphids.  The ones photographed here are Beech Blight Aphids, Grylloprociphilus imbricator.  This species lives off the sap of Beech trees in North America.  (This species should not be confused with the Woolly Aphids in the subfamily Eriosomatinae.)

Woolly Aphids are easily recognizable by their filamentous waxy white covering resembling wool or cotton.  Under that fuzzy covering, the aphids are a green or blue colour.  Nymphs form large cottony masses on plants for protection from predators, leaving behind distorted and curled leaves.  

Natural predators include lacewings, ladybugs, hover flies and parasitic wasps.


Woolly Aphid white fluff on tree branch.

Woolly Aphid - 1
Woolly Aphids are easy to spot by the white tufts of waxy filaments.

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Woolly Aphid white filaments cotton on tree branch.

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Beech tree branch with white fluffy aphid wax.

Woolly Aphid - 3

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Small woolly aphids on tree branch.

Woolly Aphid - 4
A gentle rubbing of the white fluff reveals the aphids.

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Woolly aphids on human finger.

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Woolly aphid covered with white filament.

Woolly Aphid - 6
Still with its protective white fluffy covering, this specimen scurried around on a picnic table.

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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher


Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!


According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.


Insane About Insects ?


Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!


Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!


Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!






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