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"Blue Fuzzy-Butts" on the Wing
This dispatch is newly revised and updated for autumn 2023.
Here in these naked woods of late autumn, as you kick the leaves and fret the onset of stick season, as warblers and butterflies are all but wistful memories, here is your salvation, your lint alert: “Blue Fuzzy-Butts” are on the wing.
You may first overlook these tiny insects as the fuzz and fluff of the seeds that disperse on autumn winds. No, those tiny tufts of powder-blue lint aren’t even outcasts from the dryer cycle. They’re hearty insects, the adult form of a woolly aphid species.