Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tobyhanna State Park and Gouldsboro State Park

Today we went on a 12 mile hike in Tobyhanna State Park and Gouldsboro State Park. We also biked for 5.5 miles on trails which went around Tobyhanna Lake and into the woods. We had a muggy and humid day for hiking, not the best day for picture taking, but still a pleasant day to be outside in the forest. We saw the early signs of Fall, a few crimson leaves. The trail was rocky and damp and even seemed remote at times because of the foliage cover and the dense brush.

We also saw some very unusual groups of white bug-like beings on some of the trees. I took a video, it's funny listening to our reaction as we look at these strange creatures. If any of you have seen them before or know what they are, please comment in the comment box! Tobyhanna Lake

3 Comments:

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

Anne - I was thinking maybe some kind of aphid? So then I found this site doing a quick search, does this look possible, a wooly aphid?

http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef219.pdf

Art

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

By the way, that URL I gave in my comment was specific to apple aphids, but it seems like the ones you saw could be a similar but different species because clearly that tree wasn't an apple tree. The white mass in the URL's photo looks similar to your video.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Art, I think you've got it right! When I look at pictures of wooly aphids, they certainly look like the bugs we saw!
Thanks so much, I'm glad to have the mystery solved!

 

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