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The Wooly Aphid - More Stuff and Nonsense

Here in the state of Virginia during the month of June, I took note of the return of the tiny fluffy bit of cotton in the wind we call the Wooly Aphid. My granddaughter caught one with her hands. I didn’t want her to hurt the tiny thing, but she did cause some of its wooly white coating to come off, revealing the little, oddly attractive fly-like creature that was inside.

Now we’re all amazed by the tremendous variety of living things found in nature. And this is not the least interesting one among them. What I primarily wondered about was, why not just fly around without all that excess fluffy baggage? There appears to be a standard explanation given without any real proof.

Wooly Aphids – Predators

You guessed it. The standard explanation is that wooly aphids have a wooly coating in order to deter predators. Once again, an explanation without evidence is presented as scientific fact. And what’s so amazing is that to this lowly aphid is credited with sufficient thinking and physical ability to produce, through sheer will power alone, this white, waxy coat.

And what is more, not just the one aphid, but a host of consecutive generations of aphids, had to gradually mentally agree on the goal and accomplish it, without any real benefit to the earlier generations that were “working” on the predator problem. Can you, by mental or other power, modify your body to achieve some goal? Yet, humans are the highest form of life on the planet.

The Real Reason for the Wooly Coat

So what is the real reason for the wooly coat? Let’s agree to say, until we know better, no one knows. Perhaps it is merely for our entertainment, our enjoyment. Even those who believe strongly in creation cannot authoritatively say that. Indeed, all they, too, can say is “We just don’t know.”


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MegL wrote on June 27, 2017, 3:15 AM

I have never seen creatures flying around with the wooly stuff on. Woolly aphids on my tree sit in place, covered by the "wool". We are all born looking different, so we are all unique. Did we therefore "choose" to be different from all our fellows?

lookatdesktop wrote on June 29, 2017, 11:58 AM

I just read a little about these bugs on the page I put a link to here:

MegL wrote on June 29, 2017, 1:26 PM

That's an interesting link, thanks