Subject: Help identifying this
Geographic location of the bug: Blawnox, PA
Time: 06:16 PM EDT
These guys were not moving until I disturbed them. Then the all came to life and started moving. Thank you in advance for your help toward this matter.
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These are immature Hemipterans, Do you know what plant they were feeding upon? Could it have been a beech tree? They look like Beech Blight Aphids, Grylloprociphilus imbricator, pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “They form large colonies of individuals covered with wax coating and wax feathered secretions. Fourth instar nymphs are slender, long legged and active” and “They, especially the fourth instar nymphs, fight predators by stinging them.” There might be other similar looking species, but it would really help to know the food plant for your critters.