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white fuzzy worm

white fuzzy worm
Sarasota County, Florida, USA
June 3, 2005
Size: 1/4"
This was crawling up the fence near the gate one afternoon and looked like a piece of cotton stuck to it, until I saw it moving. It moved very fast considering its size. Its underside and body were pale yellow, but it's fuzzy back was whiter than white.

mealy bug destroyer
8-27-13 I found one in a bowl in my kitchen 30 min ago. I was so excited. I've never seen or heard of theses. It's so cute. Approximately 0.5 cm. It does move fast. I had to look at it under a lighted magnified light to ID it's characteristics AND make sure it did not have a stinger. LOL

Moved from Scymnini.

Moved from Mealybug Destroyer.

Moved from Mealybug Destroyer.

not Cryptolaemus
The yellow color underneath the wax indicates that this is not Cryptolaemus. It is probably Scymnus or a related genus such as Scymnobius.

Cryptolaemus larvae are grey underneath.

Cryptolaemus/Scymnus larva ID
I've been sorting out the lady beetle larvae on the Guide and this is the first definitive statement I've seen about telling Cryptolaemus from Scymnus! The usual method of telling them apart here seems to be "long hair is Cryptolaemus." Most of the photos go to the Unidentified Eggs, Larvae, and Pupae page, which I'm trying to clean up.

I will check for gray vs. yellow body color beneath the wax when I go through the larvae again. Is there anything else that one can see in a photo?

Somewhat of a mystery
But I've seen these (saw one yesterday) and my best guess is a mealybug destroyer.

Lacewing larva?
I would agree with Troy, but I'm also wondering if some of the "trash-carrying" lacewing larvae sometimes disguise themselves with wax from woolly aphids they prey on. Turning the thing over next time would no doubt solve the puzzle:-)

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