Wooly Aphid

Wooly Aphid

Observation - Wooly Aphid - UK and Ireland. Description: At the limit of my camera capability this small Blue Aphid Like Furry Fly with red eyes found in a Beech / oak Woodland in the leaf canopy utilising a woody primary host. It was about 5-6mm It has clearly visible wings and has a furry pale blue much more

At the limit of my camera capability this small Blue Aphid Like Furry Fly with red eyes found in a Beech / oak Woodland in the leaf canopy utilising a woody primary host. It was about 5-6mm It has clearly visible wings and has a furry pale blue much more bluer than the camera shos . I think this is a Wooly Aphid or Fairy Fly AKA Angel Fly and is therefore an Aphid There probably are a number of species so I think this is a microscope job to be certain I believe they are in the Sub Family I think They have two forms, a wingless and a winged adult,The first generation has some specimens which are born with wings to aid distribution. The second generation are all born with wings. but I am not sure about that As said there may be a number of species Eg Beech Phyllaphis fagi.Woolly Alder Aphid,Paraprociphilus tessellatus any comments appreciated