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Old 09-08-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Well this morning I find outside of my house was invaded by these white little flying insects. I went outside to water my plants and saw them flying in the air, then I turned around and find a bunch of them attached to my front door. One of them landed on my arm and I can feel the little legs digging for something.
Is your nickname "Woody"?
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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Is your nickname "Woody"?
No. But I am a carbon-based life form.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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Thanks for posting about this. Everyone at my daughter's bus stop was talking about these tiny bugs today. Some thought it was from cottonwood trees until they looked closely at them and saw them crawl! My black vehicle was covered with them yesterday!
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Yes
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I was going to say they were simply knats (sp?), until I started reading further into this thread.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:23 AM
 
Location: North Alabama
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I caught a few and if you touch them a white powder comes off them and they look like knats.....They were so thick Monday I know I had to eat a few on accident.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Meridianville, AL
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I believe they are AMERICAN ALDER PSYLLID. They are all over my area too.

American Alder Psyllid - Shivaphis celti - BugGuide.Net

psyllid? - BugGuide.Net
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:39 AM
 
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They are white flies and they will do a lot of damage to your gardens. Where they came from is a big question. Madison County or Huntsville doe's not seem to do anything about the situation. I really don't know what they can do. Also don't let them in your home, they can also destroy your houseplants. Please call your local extension office and they can advise you what to do.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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They'll probably tell you to find the infested tree and blast it with water. (not kidding)
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Padmaster gets the City-Data Honorary Entomologist award, I think. I was thinking they were aphids, and it looks like those are in the aphid family.

They were around a bit last year, but I only noticed them falling down from trees. This year they swarming EVERYWHERE.

Regardless of what they are, the "bug blizzards" are creepy as all get-out. After walking outside for a few minutes I come in and I am constantly creeped out and itching my head thinking those little buggers must be stuck in my hair. YEECH.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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I disagree. If you look back, I guessed they were Asian Woolly Hackberry Aphids.

That's not snow: Floating white puffs are aphids | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL (http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20090910/ARTICLES/909105021/1011/NEWS?Title=That-s-not-snow-Floating-white-puffs-are-aphids - broken link)

I'm not the only one as you see in the story from Sept. 10 2009. Of course, this is splitting hairs since other aphids look like this one. Knowing what it is though, can help those who worry about them "eating" their favorite plants.

It is so very rare for me to be correct about anything :-)
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