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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....


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


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


one variety of aphid (different stages of development)


finally, an aphid lion (lacewing larvae, Chrysoperla species)
 

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Those are some mighty fine close up shots there, Brian.

I would not like one of those aphid lions crawling in my ear...yick. pincers creep me out.
Oh, also, I kinda think the long-tailed mealies are neat looking. Not that I really have a fancy to see any in person or anything.
 

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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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likespaphs said:
some bit me when i put 'em out and it wasn't pleasant...
You have such a great job, Brian. What adventures you must have!

"So, Brian, how was work? What'd you do today?"
"Well, today I got bit by some aphid lions!"

I'm envious, I really am.
 

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