Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. altitude, Los Angeles County, California, USA April 25, 2009 Size: ~6 mm
I assume this is a plant bug nymph, but I am not so much interested in obtaining a species ID, just extremely curious to find out what has happened to this unfortunate one. I assume this is a case of some kind of parasitism, but I have yet to find images of anything similar. Somewhat disturbingly, though it appeared incredibly lethargic, I incidentally poked it in the process of photographing it and was surprised to learn that it was definitely still alive. I am very keen to hear any and all suggestions as to what (or whom) has caused this deformity!
Contributed by Harsi S. Parker on 1 May, 2009 - 4:58pm Last updated 5 April, 2010 - 12:06am
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