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cottony cushion scale parasite? - Cryptochetum iceryae - male - female

cottony cushion scale parasite? - Cryptochetum iceryae - Male Female
Dominguez Gap Wetlands, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 11, 2015
I believe this is an example of Cryptochetum iceryae, the Cottony Cushion Scale Parasite, an introduced biological control species and the only representative of its family in North America. This is the only good photo I have so far but I will try for better.

Moved
Moved from Flies.

Maybe
I'm not sure without seeing the antennae.

 
I figured as much
This angle is fairly bad for the antennae; I did get some shots showing the antennae, which appear fairly large from the side and front, but out of focus beyond redemption. I've uploaded the "best" one here - it shows the relative size and shape as best as an image of this poor of quality can. But I will try to get better photos. I've been finding these in a poplar tree and the leaves are very high off the ground making it a challenge to focus on them.

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