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Sep 7, 2011 2:13 PM

Bug Identification

Hi

We have hundreds of bugs on our drive and have no idea what they are.  They are crawling arount the front door and drive and may have been blown down from a nearby spruce type tree as it's seeds are all over the drive too.  Could you let me know what they are?  They are about 4-5mm in body with legs about 8mm long.

Thanks

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    Sep 7, 2011 2:58 PM (in response to Hoptonj)
    Re: Bug Identification
    They're aphids, probably a Cinara species. And, as you suspected, they almost certainly have come off your spruce tree.
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      Sep 7, 2011 3:47 PM (in response to jaguarondi)
      Re: Bug Identification

      jaguarondi has 'aphid' experience I know - in the past large aphids (often associated with stressed conifer trees) have turned out to be Cinara picea. What do you reckon jaguarondi?

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        Re: Bug Identification
        Err, my first thought was who identified them as Cinara picea? Anyway, I can't help, sorry. During the time I identified aphids for a living I just took Cinaras to 'sp' - we were interested mainly in species of importance to arable agriculture. I know nothing about picea in particular.
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            Sep 8, 2011 3:55 PM (in response to Hoptonj)
            Re: Bug Identification
            Blimey, do you have an issue with aphids then? Personally they wouldn't bother me much - maybe because I'm interested in natural history, but mainly because after the neighbours (from hell) I've had in the past, a temporary aphid plague originating from next door wouldn't seem so bad.
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