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Henrico County, Virginia, USA
June 2, 2008
These photos were taken nearly a year ago and I am still wondering and trying to find out what this was - a planthopper nymph perhaps? Sorry for the poor images. Even my supermacro setting couldn't capture much detail since the subject was so small. Any information will be most appreciated!

Images of this individual: tag all
Nymph? Nymph?

Moved from Green Lacewings.

Green lacewing (Chrysopidae)
This is the cocoon and exuviae of a green lacewing. The mature pupa (technically called the pharate adult) chewed that neat circular lid in the cocoon, climbed out, and then the adult emerged from the pupal skin. It's normal for the pupa to emerge from the cocoon before the adult emerges, but I've never seen the exuviae right next to the cocoon like this. Neat find!

Thank you for the info!
Charley, I am so excited to learn what exactly this was and what was happening. You are correct that the circular lid was so neat! Quite amazing. I watched it as much as I could and took many photos but most look pretty much like the ones I posted. Thanks so much for the interesting information! I love Green Lacewings so this is really special. Carol

Looks to me
like the molted skin of an insect. I think it's called the exuvium.

Thank you.
Jon, thank you for your response. That is, indeed, the correct word. I am wondering what the insect was, though. Thanks again.

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