Comic 100 - Gnat Clouds!

October 4, 2015
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Gnat Clouds!
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Sun, October 4, 2015
These hovering clouds of little insects appear in our region every fall. I generally have called them "those little blue gnats," but this is the first time I've bothered to look them up - they're actually not "gnats" but smokey-winged ash aphids. (Also known as blue ash aphids, Oregon ash aphids, or conifer root aphids.) Completely harmless to humans, but very annoying as you walk into a cloud of them every dozen yards.