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Woolly Aphids -- Interesting but Messy
This article was published originally on 6/27/2012
The peculiar sight of "flying-fuzz balls" has been described before. Several species of woolly aphids live on ornamental and fruit trees in the Iowa landscape. When the winged adults take flight it appears that a small tuft of cotton has grown wings and is propelling around the lawn. See the photo below. Amazing.