You are here:

Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bizarre Beautiful Dandelion seed bug?

Advertisement


rhinmass wrote at 2008-08-10 17:42:22
I don't know if this is the same thing, but I just saw (in a boston suburb) what I thought was a dandelion head floating in the wind, but then realized it was some kind of spider or insect.  I'm still not sure because I could not make out any distinct legs or head.  It's motion just did not seem to be entirely based on the wind.  Maybe I'm crazy and it was just a dandelion.  I really don't know.  It would go slowly down to the ground, then swoop up and float above our heads, then float down again.  When it was sitting on the grass it appeared to be moving as if it were walking.


Eirykr wrote at 2011-08-16 10:41:50
Yes. I have seen these, too. Here in Central Florida. I had never seen anything like it before until maybe four or five months ago. I also thought it looked like a dandelion seed-head. But as you say, the wind doesn't control it. And when they walk (if that's what it is called) they more like (tumble) on their filament type legs, which they have a crap load of. They can be stationary, using its yellow-like ... I don't know, horn?... and place it in the leaves and fruit of my dad's citrus trees. I also thought wooly a. But when you look closer at it it seems to have waxy filaments. I see about twenty a day or more. What are they? If they're a new species, can we call them Burkheimer aphids?


Eirykr wrote at 2011-08-16 10:45:29
Dear Answerer:



Nope that ain't it. I know what Amanda's talking about, but I don't know the name either. It doesn't seem to have "insect-like" features. When they do walk, they "roll" on their filaments, if that's what it is. But it does have a (I think) yellow horn like filament to.


janiebug wrote at 2012-06-27 20:33:53
<img src="https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/552662_10151012288613748_2030294162_n.jpg">


Laura wrote at 2012-10-04 13:50:36
I have seen this mysterious spider (if it's the same thing); body small as an old-fashioned pins head and eight legs. I have them appear out of nowhere throughout my apt. If they aren't moving, they almost appear as a speck or dust. Their legs are very fine, thin, wispy-like. But it isn't like a full-blown dandelion seed; perhaps because it is indoors and doesn't catch as much debris. I have been unable to find out what these are and can't photograph it with the camera I have; it just doesn't come out clear enough.


Suzann wrote at 2014-06-05 02:50:49
Yes, I have seen one in my apartment. It freaked me out. It seems to float through the air with spindly legs. I cannot seem to catch it so I can get rid of it. Very scary but then I am afraid of bugs.


Suzann wrote at 2014-06-05 02:50:49
Yes, I have seen one in my apartment. It freaked me out. It seems to float through the air with spindly legs. I cannot seem to catch it so I can get rid of it. Very scary but then I am afraid of bugs.


Entomology (Study of Bugs)

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Ed Saugstad

Expertise

Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.