WriteOut 10.07.22 Daily Journal


WriteOut 10.07.22 Daily Walk Digital Journal 

in the air: clouds of smoky-winged ash aphids
Clouds of smoky-winged ash aphids in the air– all those little spots
[see on Flickr]

They’re out– wherever we walk we’re swatting away the clouds of gnats that hover together in swarms. What they are — aphids: smoky-winged ash aphids or also called blue ash aphids. Yesterday, a few. Today, thousands and thousands.

Do see the white dots in the picture? That’s not my camera– those are thousands of aphids.

The females live in conifer trees all summer long, but in autumn their moving out to lay eggs in ash trees. These little flying bugs may already have died– their eggs will survive the winter, but they will not.

Yes, the nightmare of aphids will probably be gone around Halloween!

About smoky-winged ash aphids:


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2 Comments on “WriteOut 10.07.22 Daily Journal
  1. Fascinating .. it does look like a filter effect on the image. I bet some birds and other critters are having a grand time, feasting on the aphids. (or is that not right? I don’t even know what eats them)

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