Seaside Aphids

Today's adventure took me to a bay in one of Long Island's barrier islands. I didn't get too much in the water besides some Blue Crabs that chased me for some time (Canada Geese of the sea). The same was true on land, where there were only 10 or so species in a small strip of saltmarsh, but I picked up some odd Aphids almost coating some Carolina Sea Lavender. Some further research identified them as an undescribed and very poorly known species in the genus Staticobium, which had never been recorded in North America until recently. It's unknown if the Staticobium in North America are a new species or a known species that was either always present or recently introduced. Hopefully I can get some specimens (if I can figure out how to preserve them) in hopes of at figuring out some part of this mystery.

Posted by astrobirder astrobirder, July 14, 2019 03:34

Observations

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Observer

astrobirder

Date

July 13, 2019 03:24 PM EDT

Description

Staticobium sp. nov - unknown species from Carolina Sea Lavender. I want to try to collect and describe this species as “Staticobium inaturalisti”

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

astrobirder

Date

July 13, 2019 03:24 PM EDT

Description

Undescribed species on Carolina Sea Lavender

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

astrobirder

Date

July 13, 2019 03:25 PM EDT

Description

Undescribed species on Carolina Sea Lavender

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Great stuff, Ethan! Really enjoying your observations! :)

Posted by sambiology 3 months ago (Flag)
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Amazing find! In practice alcohol storage has worked for me many times. If after storage the alcohol becomes discolored changing it is advised until discoloration stops.

Posted by peconicentomological about 2 months ago (Flag)

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