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Woolly Aphid (Eriosoma sp.)

Order: Homoptera (ho-MOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Eriosomatidae
Genus: Eriosoma
Species: sp.


No positives
4 neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Hollywood, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Hiawatha, Kansas
Kingston, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Bryson City, North Carolina
Canton, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Mount Pleasant, Texas
Hallieford, Virginia
Harshaw, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

Neutral msnancy On Jun 15, 2007, msnancy from Hampton, VA wrote:

I found these aphids in Bryson City, NC, at the Deep Creek national park. No one knew what they were, so I have researched them. I thought they were duck down feathers floating around until one lighted on my arm. They are very interesting and I have a couple of pictures myself.

Neutral Nature_Phtgrphr On Sep 10, 2009, Nature_Phtgrphr from Canton, OH wrote:

One day when I was walking through the woods on a hiking trail in Ohio,I saw hundreds of these little fellas covering a low tree branch.(I have pictures of them.)When I touched them,they would wiggle back and forth but they did not fly off.I have seen them flying as well.I used to call them fuzz bugs until I looked on the internet one day.But the name I saw for them was Beech Blight Aphid and they are identical to the picture that you have posted.So,are these called Woolly Aphids or Beech Blight Aphids? And what is the difference between a Woolly Aphid and a Beech Blight Aphid?

Neutral wendylg On Oct 6, 2011, wendylg from Mersea Island
United Kingdom wrote:

a bougainvillea then streptocarpus plants in my conservatory have become infected white depositsidentified but actual aphid not seen How to I get rid of it please

Wendy Essex UK

Neutral amatyska On Jul 10, 2012, amatyska from HARSHAW, WI wrote:

Had never seen a bug like this here in northern wi - in fact, at first we thought it it was just some fuzz in the air, until it landed and we got a closer look! Interesting.

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