New on Featured Creatures! Woolly oak aphids. By Halbert.

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Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Woolly oak aphids are conspicuous pests on oak (Quercus spp.), because they are covered with large amounts of flocculent wax. Two genera of woolly oak aphids occur in Florida, each including one known native Florida species. One species, Stegophylla brevirostris Quednau, is common, and the other, Diphyllaphis microtrema Quednau, is rare. Florida woolly oak aphids can be recognized easily by the large quantities of woolly wax that they secrete. Beneath the wax, the aphid bodies are pale. Young nymphs can be pale green, and they tend to be more mobile than adults.

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Woolly oak aphid colony on oak. Photograph by Susan E. Halbert.

Author: Susan E. Halbert, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Division of Plant Industry.

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/trees/woolly_oak_aphid.htm