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What are the tiny flying white bugs?

Original post made by Curious, Pleasanton Valley, on Oct 25, 2009

Today it looked like cottonwood floating in the air and then I realized it was tiny white bugs flying around.

I've never seen them before. Anyone know what they are? Is there something going on in our yard that has allowed them to flourish?


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Posted by Douglas Kendall
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:59 am

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Explanation from noted local entomologist at...

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

My neighborhood has them too. My husband said they are mosquitoes but I don't think that is correct.

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Posted by Aphid hunter
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

They seem to be "wooly aphids" ... Check out this discussion in the forum, also has pictures:
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Posted by Grace
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

Not aphids, but tiny spiders... rather pretty to watch them float in the sunshine:

"October is a month when the world is full of young spiders leaving home. Wisps of silken thread fill the air. Sunlight glints off gossamer parachutes following the whims of the wind. Young spiders break their ties with home by flying away on wings they build themselves."

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

They were in my yard too, I don't think they were apiders there were no webs of any kind, all gone with the wind today!

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