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Species Grylloprociphilus imbricator - Beech Blight Aphid

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Aphidoidea
Family Aphididae (Aphids)
Subfamily Eriosomatinae (Woolly Aphids and Gall-making Aphids)
Tribe Pemphigini
Genus Grylloprociphilus
Species imbricator (Beech Blight Aphid)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Grylloprociphilus imbricator (Fitch)
Identification
They form large colonies of individuals covered with wax coating and wax feathered secretions. Fourth instar nymphs are slender, long legged and active.
Food
Beech
Remarks
They, especially the fourth instar nymphs, fight predators by stinging them.
Internet References
University of Massachusetts. Beech Blight Aphid.