Subject: Christmas Tree Bugs
Location: Fairfax, VA (but don’t know where tree came from)
January 16, 2016 8:29 am
Our Christmas tree began dropping sap onto the ground in several locations. We thought it was because it may have been shaped recently, but upon closer inspection found hundreds of these bugs underneath the ends of the branches. They are gray with dark gray spots. They don’t move quickly, nor seem to fly. They seem to be clustering together, feeding on the tree. Do you know what family of bugs we’ve invited into our home for the holidays?
Signature: Sincerely, Buggin Out
Dear Buggin Out,
You have Giant Conifer Aphids, a common occurrence on commercially grown Christmas Trees.