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Photo#1741037
larva (Diptera?) with gratuitous exuvia (aphid?)

larva (Diptera?) with gratuitous exuvia (aphid?)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
October 15, 2019
Size: just under 4mm length

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larva (Diptera?) with gratuitous exuvia (aphid?) larva (Diptera?) dorsal view larva (Diptera?) with gratuitous exuvia (aphid?) larva (Diptera?) with gratuitous exuvia (aphid?) larva (Diptera?) on ruler, just under 4mm when stretched out

Syrphid larva?
Maybe something like:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1579211/bgimage

 
Oh, yes! Thank you !!
That makes perfect sense now! I had been moving a bunch of plants right before a storm and the larva ended up on my arm, so I wasn't sure which plant it had come from. But some of the plants were indeed Asclepias curassavica, which had Aphis nerii on them, just as in the image you pointed me to.
I raise Labidomera clivicollis and, therefore, other creatures who end up on milkweed. In the fall I usually get Dioprosopa clavata, but I only see them as later-stage larvae, puparia and adults. I've never seen the earliest stage larvae.
If I had known the host plant at the time, I would have raised him, but, unfortunately, I put him back on the wrong plant, a collection of "recovering" native perennials that I use for the Oecanthinae that I raise. Hopefully, he found some bugs to eat.

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