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Woolly Aphids

Are fairies real? We'll leave that up for you to decide. However, take a look at the "fairy" we caught on video! This Fairy Aphid, or Woolly Aphid, caught our eye floating around in the MetroParks.

These delicate little creatures use their woolly appearance to help them appear distasteful to predators, take on the look of mold, and help float through the air on a breeze (giving them their fairy-like flying abilities). Their woolly filaments are made of wax produced by their body. This wax also helps them to shed water, so as not to weight them down.

Have you ever had a "fairy" in your garden? We encourage you to take a few minutes to "Log Off, Shut Down, and Get Outside" to observe the wildlife in your garden, on a tree, or even in the grass! There is so much to discover!