Taylor County UW-Extension can offer help with horticultural questions, although there is not a Horticulture Agent on staff. UW-Extension has many excellent publications and web-based information available on a wide range of horticultural topics and also has state specialists who can help answer questions. Our staff can help you find the information you need.

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Wooly alder aphid
Lacy L. Hyche, Auburn University, Bugwood.org

What is the white fuzzy creature on my maple trees, flying through the air, or landing on other plants?
You’re most likely seeing a wooly alder aphid, also called a wooly maple blight aphid. The two names reflect its life cycle – it spends part of its life on silver maple and part on alder. While, like other aphids, the wooly aphid sucks juice from its host plants, it does not usually endanger the plant. However, the juice, called honeydew, that is exuded from these insects may leave a sticky residue on your car or outdoor furniture. Here is an excellent article about wooly aphids.

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