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adelgid

[uh-del-jid] /əˈdɛl dʒɪd/
noun
1.
any of various homopterous insects of the family Adelgidae, as Adelges abietis (spruce gall aphid) and Pineus pinifoliae (pine leaf aphid) that feed and form galls on conifers.
Origin
< Neo-Latin Adelgidae, equivalent to Adelg(es) a genus name (apparently < Greek ádel(os) unseen, invisible (a- a-6 + dêlos visible, clear) + Neo-Latin -ges < ?: unexplained by the name's originator) + -idae -id2
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  • The woody adelgid, a tiny non-native insect, infests hemlocks and fir trees.
  • Below you will find images and brief descriptions of hemlock woolly adelgid life stages.

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