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Fuzzy white larvae

Fuzzy white larvae
Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
Found on a juice orange tree

Moved from Scymnini.


Moved from Beetles.

Tribe Scymnini lady beetle larva
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri and the Scymnus genus have fuzzy white larvae like this.

This is NOT a definite ID, but the citrus tree location strongly suggests C. montrouzieri. It was introduced way back in 1891 to control citrus mealybugs in California, and Florida citrus growers in your area probably use it too.

I have heard, and am trying to confirm, that Cryptolaemus larvae are gray or pinkish under the tufts, while those of other Scymini genera are yellow. This larva's body is gray, which could indicate C. montrouzieri. But as I said, I'm still trying to confirm the color/genus connection.

Would you mind moving this to the Coccinellidae "Unidentified Eggs, Larvae, and Pupae" page? Here's the URL:

A lot of other "fuzzy whites" are living there, maybe someday an expert will sort them out!

Moved from ID Request.

Ladybug larva, perhaps

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