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Weird Science: Fungus Waves Hello
2013-08-30 0:00

By Elizabeth Leafloor | Red Ice Creations

This neat video making the rounds today describes a fungus that appears to ’wave hello’ with fluttery appendages.

While alien looking, this glowing, wobbling, friendly blob is actually many fuzzy Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a forest fungus. These wooly insects nestle in colonies and feed on sap, and waggle their fluffy rear ends as a defensive behaviour when disturbed.

Sometimes their great numbers create the illusion of trees and leaves covered in snow.

Their swaying routine has given them a reputation and they’re sometimes referred to as the "Boogie Woogie Aphid".

Nature you’re weird, but fun.

By Elizabeth Leafloor, Red Ice Creations

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