Lacey (near Olympia), Thurston County, Washington, USA
August 18, 2010
So...my daughter. The one who went to the BugGuide gathering with me last year. The one that spotted the first bark louse for me on a doggy toy we had around the house. She comes in today, "Hey, Dad. I've got a cool bug here. I don't think it's one you have a picture of yet." She shows me her hand, and I ask her where the bug is. She says, "On my hand." And I see a speck moving there about the size of a globular springtail. She spotted it on a hose outside. I ask her why she thinks I might not have a picture of her particular bug, and she tells me that it doesn't "look like" anything I've showed her before. WITH my reading glasses on, I can see a speck moving. I get out the camera and look at it through there and ask her to describe the bug. She does. *sigh* I used to be so proud that I noticed some of the dots on the dead leaves moving, and when I got behind the lens I found cool critters. She doesn't need a lens. Hmmpph. Kids nowadays.
Anyway, I know this probably isn't identifiable to any more than family, but I wanted to share the story. :) I am quite proud of her. My guess is a stink bug nymph, but I'd love to hear from the experts (on identification, not humans aging!!). (I can hear you chortling in the background, Hemberger!)
To give a little perspective (literally), the third picture is about life-sized on MY computer monitor. My daughter's finger is about 12 mm across, and the bug is about 1.5 mm long (or even smaller!). And, yes, I can see the white stripe looking at a still monitor with my glasses on...
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