Subject: Bug found in evergreen
Location: Brisbane, California
July 3, 2015 8:56 pm
The kiddos were climbing around in a tall evergreen today. A fellow parent noticed a mound of bugs that spread out to what you see in the photo. Any idea what they are?
Location: Northern California
Found: July 3, 2015
That tree is infested with Giant Conifer Aphids in the genus Cinara. According to BugGuide: “If it’s big, and on a conifer, it’s probably Cinara. To identify further, it’s usually necessary to identify the host plant, and consider the geographic range of different species. … The genus is widespread, but individual species are often limited by the range of their hosts.”