06.03.2022 Fuzzy Friday

I’ve tried photographing these guys in the yard a few times but they always seem to be in motion, floating around like so much airborne lint. Yesterday this one individual decided to loll about on one of our blueberry bushes in the woods out back.

Wooly Aphid-a member of the Aphid subfamily Eriosomatinae. Some of these create galls on various woody shrubs. They feed on sap from a variety of plants and exude a waxy coating which gives them this fuzzy appearance.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 06.03.2022 Fuzzy Friday

  1. picpholio says:

    This is a real special one…. never seen one like this before.
    Thanks for sharing Steve.

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  2. melissabluefineart says:

    How cute it this?! Yesterday I watched a bit of cottonwood fluff floating on the breeze, but when I watched more closely it seemed to have agency in its movement, and I suspected it was one of these guys but my eyes could see only fluff.

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  3. Very Nice Steve! Never saw one of these!

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  4. Terrific image, fine detail!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    So that’s what those bits of flying fluff are… thanks for enlightening us, Steve!

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  6. Wally Jones says:

    Who knew lint could be so photogenic?
    You, did, that’s who.

    Fantastic photograph along with an education injection.

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    A sharp image of a fuzzy creature!

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  8. It looks like a ghost. Is that really its color or did you change it during photo editing?

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  9. shoreacres says:

    What an amazing little creature. I’ve always thought of aphids as smooth and sleek, but this one fancied up quite a bit. Seeing it’s like expecting Donna Reed and getting Carmen Miranda.

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  10. I came to compliment you on the great image, and got waylaid by Carmen Miranda πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

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  11. naturebackin says:

    Wow – fantastic to see this detail on such a tiny creature.

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  12. You did a good job keeping the fuzziness sharp.

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  13. Todd Henson says:

    Looks to me like a fly fishing lure. πŸ™‚

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  14. bluebrightly says:

    Very cool, Steve. I believe I’ve seen them, and evidence of them, many times – but never like this!

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  15. Ann Mackay says:

    ‘Airborne lint’ made me smile – strange little creatures. The detail in the image is most impressive. Not good news for gardeners but luckily my garden is full of aphid predators!

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