Woolly Aphid (Eriosoma sp.)

Order: Homoptera
Family: Eriosomatidae
Genus: Eriosoma
Species: sp.


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

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


On Jul 19, 2021, Krisolver from Allegany, NY wrote:

I just wanted to post to say I am in Western NY and this year is the first I recall seeing these guys and they are everywhere! They do very much make me think of Fairies. And even as I\'m writing this they keep landing on me. Do they bite!?


On Sep 16, 2016, Cyndio from Tyler, TX wrote:

We've been seeing hundreds of these little things flying around our property in East Texas. At first, we thought they might be spores or seed pods, until we caught a few and studied them up close. Interesting little things. Hope they don't destroy anything important.


On Dec 20, 2015, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Have Always Loved this little things. They look like microscopic faeries floating around. We haven't seen them in years. We used to see them like clockwork in Upstate NY in the Catskill Mountains where we lived every year in the 1980's. Very Neat and Magical Looking to say the least.


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.


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


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?


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.