Beech Blight Aphids


Colony of Beech Blight Aphids, (Grylloprociphilus imbricator), on the branch of an American Beech tree, (Fagus grandifolia), in Joyce-Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, southwestern North Carolina, October, 2008. With a body length of only 2mm (measured), these aphids have stringy white, waxy filaments that they wave in unison when the colony is disturbed. The aphids feed on the sap of the beech trees.

Credit: Gregory G. Dimijian, M.D. / Science Source

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