Subject: What is this insect?
Geographic location of the bug: Battery Park City, Manhattan NYC
Time: 06:25 PM EDT
I saw this insect in NYC on 10/14/17. I can not identify it with my insect field guide or any online resources. It is about ⅞ inch long, with two sets of veined wings, smallish eyes, and a proboscis type mouth. The legs are rather long.
How you want your letter signed: Gerry LaPlante
Based on this BugGuide image, this looks like a Giant Conifer Aphid to us. There is some helpful information on Influential Points where it states: “This aphid has an entirely jet-black head, thorax and abdomen.”
Thank you so much!
Looking at the photos available online, I agree with your assessment.