the good, the bad and the hungry...(warning, many photos)

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likespaphs

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hi
i didn't know if it'd be any help to see some shots of some insects.
first, a longtailled mealybug. please note the long tail....
LongtailMealybug.jpg


next, a larval Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) then a size comparision of this stage of Crypt development vs an adult long tailled mealybug
CryptLarvae.jpg
MBDestroyerlarvavslongtailled.jpg


now, a parasitized aphid showing the exit hole of the parasitoid (parasites don't kill their hosts, parasitoids do....)
Aphidexithole.jpg


one variety of aphid (different stages of development)
Aphids.jpg


finally, an aphid lion (lacewing larvae, Chrysoperla species)
LacewingLarvae.jpg
 

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Heather said:
I would not like one of those aphid lions crawling in my ear...yick. pincers creep me out.
they're really great general predators, but they'll bite and it'll hurt. the one in the picture is about a quarter inch long. some bit me when i put 'em out and it wasn't pleasant...
 
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