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Mealybug Destroyer - Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

Mealybug Destroyer - Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
July 20, 2008
Size: 5mm (3/16")
Mealybug Destroyer - Cryptolaemus montrouzieri with an Aphid. But, what is happening here ? Is the Aphid "feeding" the Mealybug Destroyer ? What is that "droplet" of liquid between them (honeydew?)?

Very interesting indeed !
Did the mealybug destroyer touch the aphid, and did the aphid produce a drop of honeydew(?) in defense(?), or as potential bribe(?), and then retreated ?

Very good, and very dramatic photo!
I wish someone would venture a guess about what is happening even if it is just that the aphid was caught by surprise!

Moved from Ladybird Beetles.

Moved from Beetles.

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