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Lacewing Larva with mealybug debris

Lacewing Larva with mealybug debris
Charleston, Merle Shepard County, South Carolina, USA
September 27, 2019
Size: 1/4 inch
I first thought that this was the Muhlygrass mealbug, Stemmatomerinx aciricula, a new pest of Muhlenbergia grass in South Carolina. Thanks to Ken Wolgemuth, who recognized it as a debris-carrying lacewing larva,cleverly dressed as a mealybug.

Debris packet
Another possibility for the debris is the woolly alder aphid. If this is wooly aphid flocculence as opposed to trichomes, that's fairly unique to the debris packet of Chrysopa slossonae.

Moved from ID Request.

I have to disagree.
This looks like a debris-carrying lacewing larva. You can even see the mandibles to the right. A mealybug wouldn't have mandibles.


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