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Photo#1315114
bizarre fire ant inquiline

bizarre fire ant inquiline
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
November 18, 2016
Size: 1.5 mm
Found this unusual hemipteran living in a colony of fire ants. I preserved some of the ants for possible ID. I can't even tell if this is an adult. What might it feed on? Roots? When I saw in in sunlight I could see a tuft of "filaments" attached to the posterior end. This does not show up in my images. This creature seems to have weird antennae too and red eyes. I will preserve it in ethanol in case someone is interested.

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fire ant inquiline bizarre fire ant inquiline

Cixiid nymph?
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per Alex Wild:

I think this is a Cixiid nymph, like this:
http://www.alexanderwild.com/keyword/Cixiidae;cixiidae/i-f3mMkhk/A
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leafhoppers in ant nests
M. F. Day & K. R. Pullen reported a species of leafhopper: Eurymelidae Pogonoscopus myrmex from Australia in which the nymphs live in nests of Camponotus gouldianus during the day and emerge at night to feed on eucalyptus while protected by ants. The Victorian Naturalist 116(1:12-14, 1999.

When I saw my specimen, the ants were disturbed but did not attack the nymph shown above.

Must be close to this one...
a nymph of an achilid planthopper. But what was it doing in a fire ant nest. Also when I saw it there were long white filaments on the abdomen. I did not see them when I later observed the specimen.

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This might be Family Achilidae, I'm not that familiar with the group though.

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