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bug molt

bug molt
Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
May 30, 2015
Size: 5.5 mm
Why so dirty? On white pine, moist woods, W base Breeze Hill, Blue Hills Reservation. Larger image.


Zelus (which isn't necessarily what you've posted) covers some of its setae with a sticky substance that helps it grasp prey.

Incidentally, your specimen isn't terribly dirty--at least not compared with this: .

re: Dirt
very cool
the stringy brown fuzz--what is it?--is suspiciously well-distributed

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