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Strange Insect
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Posted By: Frogfish, 07-19-2010, 01:44 AM

Just what is this ?

I found it in the garden today. It's about a little fingernail size. It reminds me of some hermit crabs that decorate their shells as camouflage but I'm not sure if these strange adornments are actually part of the insect itself or decoration ? Fungal growth perhaps but someone pointed out a link with shots (but no name) of a colony of similar insects. Any ideas ?

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Must have been shedding, or something...very interesting!

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Nice shots. I've seen these things on the frangipani leaves but have no idea on what they are.
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great capture.... the tiny world around us has so many odd and unseen goings on... dave m

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Very cool - great shots! It looks like a member of the order Homoptera (or Hemiptera, depending on whose taxonomy you follow), possibly an aphid. They often produce these waxy filaments, apparently for protection against predators. That's an impressive display it's produced! Nicely captured, too.
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Thank you Adam - it is a weird and interesting creature.

Thank you for your comments Eaglem.

Thanks Dave - and so true ! The macro world is amazing.

Many many thanks Foxglove - I think you are spot on. After doing some research I haven't found the exact species but I do believe you are right and it is a Wooly Aphid. I'll try researching the orders you advised !
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