Hey Buggy Joe!! What is it?? - Beech Blight Aphids

I posted a BYGL Alert on Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) late last month (see Return Engagement of Boogie-Woogie Aphids, July 20, 2017) and described their peculiar behavior that earns them the alternate common name of the "boogie-woogie aphid." When disturbed, colonies of these aphids will shake their white woolly derrieres in unison as a synchronous samba. It is speculated this mass-wiggling distracts potential enemies from focusing their attention on single individuals like the movements of herds of larger herbivores can confuse meat-eaters.

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