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Fluffy little gnats
Location: Foristell, MO
July 10, 2011 1:09 am
These fuzzy little guys come flying around my house near St. Louis, Missouri in early June each year. Their wings look like some sort of fly, but they’re as small as a gnat. They look like little pieces of cotton fluff floating through the air until they change direction. I haven’t had any luck finding them on your site. Can you tell me what they are? ps – absolutely love your site!
Signature: Kathy Spalinger

Woolly Aphid

Hi Kathy,
We haven’t posted a recent photo of a Woolly Aphid in some time.  Woolly Aphids are in the subfamily Eriosomatinae and according to BugGuide:  “Nearly all members of this subfamily alternate between host plants, generally with a woody primary host (on which overwintering eggs are laid, and on which some species induce galls) and an herbaceous secondary host.”

Wow, thanks for the superfast response.  I never even thought of looking under aphids – they have such big wings.  Glad to know what they are.  They seem to love landing on our basil plants, but I never see them eating anything, so I wasn’t too concerned.  Cute little bugs.
Keep up the great work!  I show the site to people all the time, because I just love the beautiful, fascinating photos from all over the world.
Thanks again,
Kathy

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Missouri

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