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New York Post
1 Jul 2023


NextImg:New Yorkers bugged by aphid invasion, document infestation on social media

New Yorkers remain bugged over the recent swarm of tiny, winged insects that infested the Big Apple, with many sharing clips of their horrific encounters on social media.

Although entomology experts insist the tiny aphids don’t pose any health crisis, they certainly haven’t been warmly received.

One man recorded the aphids covering his beard.

People on social media have shared several clips of their encountered with the insects.

Aphids are a non-stinging, common garden insect that feeds on plant sap, and are a sign of a “healthy environment,” according to reports.

Aphids are a non-stinging, common garden insect that feeds on plant sap, and are a sign of a “healthy environment,” according to reports.

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In another creepy video compiled by the Daily Mail, a frightened woman turns her head to show off dozens of insects flying around it while a male pal literally turns bug-eyed as the aphids get too close to him for comfort.

In other videos, commuters are shown trying to swat the bugs away in vain while bicycle riders furiously try shooing them away – including one person whose shorts were saturated with the bugs.

Aphids are a non-stinging, common garden insect that feeds on plant sap — and are a sign of a “healthy environment,” not a Biblical end, according to David Grimaldi, a curator, and entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History.

The tiny aphids have not been warmly received, even though entomology experts say they don’t pose any health crisis.

The tiny aphids have not been warmly received, even though entomology experts say they don’t pose any health crisis.

The New York area’s balmy winter and rainy spring have allowed for the proliferation of moist flowers and plants — which has gotten the aphids feeling buzzed about the mating season.