Out for Halloween, are these Wooly Aphids - Prociphilus tessellatus. Also gray insects above the white moving insects. They’re called wooly aphids, and they live off of tree sap. And the white fuzz isn’t actually fuzz, but a waxy substance that the aphids produce as a sort of protection. These are not native, but have immigrated from Japan. They can cause some trouble for your yard from what I understand, because the larvae often congregate on tree branches and do some harm to the trees in such large groups.
Neat find! I think this looks more like a species of Tenodera mantis. Most likely this is a Chinese Mantis nymph, Tenodera sinensis. Mantis religiosa has distinctive purple or reddish coloration on the upper part of the back legs (femora), and often has some pink edging along the thorax.
Yep - I agree. They're wooly aphids. Here's an info site.
You have a pic of juveniles. The adults are winged insects that look like flocked flies. The smaller insects are also aphids. Sorry, I don't have a specific species for you!
Here's the wikipage on wooly aphids: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eriosomatin...>
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.