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Larva - Leucopis

Larva - Leucopis
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
July 30, 2009
Is it possible to identify the larva? It is an aphid predator, I think. It was in the middle of the aphid colony (Aphis sambuci). Ants didn't try to drive it off.
It seems to be different than a syrphid larva.

Moved from ID Request.

This is a complete guess based on some of them having relationships with ants and its general look. Very cool picture. What do you use to diffuse your flash heads?

I think the ants are there for the aphids. Yes, I also thought that it could be a lycaenid but I have not seen any of them with appendages like the one my specimen has. I will post another picture to show a better view.
No, I do not use any flash diffuser. Thanks!

Lycaenid caterpillars
also produce honeydew. There are even some tropical species which eat the ants' own nests and brood, but are tolerated or even welcomed because they produce sweet fluid.

Oh my!
The photography is breathtaking! Especially for the size of the subjects! I took a look at your other work, and I think you've just become one of my most favorite photographers on Bug Guide. :)

Thanks Mandy!

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