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Small white feather-like bug

Small white feather-like bug
Rosedale, West Virginia, USA
July 5, 2008
Can anyone identify this bug?

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i saw the same thing!
I live in annapolis, md and just saw the same bug in my backyard. It looked like a piece of fuzz just floating in the air but seemed to direct itself where it wanted to go. When it landed on a piece of grass I got a closer look and was surprised to see only one set of wings and its hind end covered in what looked like feathers! What is this? It looked a little like a moth, but I've never seen anything like this before.

 
What is this?
I live in Green Valley,IL and just saw the same bug in my backyard. It looked like a piece of fuzz just floating in the air but seemed to direct itself where it wanted to go. When it landed on a piece of grass I got a closer look and was surprised to see only one set of wings and its hind end covered in what looked like feathers! What is this? It looked a little like a moth, but I've never seen anything like this before.

 
Fuzzy Flying Bug
I caught three of them last week and put them in a jar and was going to find somewhere to take them to identify them, but they died and lost most of their feathers!! Did you ever find out what they are?? We only seen them a couple of days last week and none since! Even my neighbor is stumped! Nobody knows what they are!!!

 
It really is a woolly aphid, as I already said
These can't be identified beyond subfamily (Eriosomatinae) from a photograph.

 
Wooly Aphid?
Do you know if these bugs are harmful to any particular plants? The weird part is we only seen them for 2 days last week and none before or since. Plus only a few were flying around the same time and almost together.

 
Harmful is a matter of opinion...
but yes, like most aphids these are host-specific. Many feed on elms and members of the rose family (e.g. apple).

 
Woolly aphid
It's some kind of woolly aphid. The fluff is secreted wax, which apparently makes them less appetizing to most potential predators.

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