Wild and Woolly Find on Starkey Hill

I found a colony of a small, weird organism on a young beech tree as I was climbing up Starkey Hill. Each individual was tufted white with one particular long white hair and it, bizarrely, waved back and forth from a brownish/black base. I guessed it was some kind of insect but it didn’t look like anything familiar. In fact, the waving back and forth reminded me more of a marine organism.
A naturalist friend of mine confirmed that it was some kind of Woolly Apple Aphid.
You can check out other sites for them here or here

Here’re my pictures:

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One Response to Wild and Woolly Find on Starkey Hill

  1. tgrignon says:

    My friend Charlie the naturalist was able to find out more about this insect. It’s actually the Beech Blight Aphid. There’s more here:

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/240499

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