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Otiocerus Nymph - Otiocerus wolfii

Otiocerus Nymph - Otiocerus wolfii
Hopkins Gap, Little North Mountain, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
August 13, 2010
Size: ~6 mm
I found this odd nymph in decaying wood on the top side of a wind-blown tree. Based on the facial structure, especially the antennae, and overall color, and proximity, I am wondering if it is related to this individual found about 2 feet away on the same log at the same time.

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Moved from Otiocerus.

Otiocerus wolfii
Yes, congratulations on some great shots!


Moved to Otiocerus based on comment by Dr. Hamilton over here.

Moved from ID Request.

It looks odd
I wonder if it is fungus infested. At least when I see an insect that looks that swollen it turns out to be a victim of fungus. Was it moving?

Here's the closes thing to it I've found yet on BugGuide.

similar nymph
Yes, Derbidae are related to Achilidae. For more information, contact me at: hamiltona AT

Great photos, and a valuable addition to our knowledge of Derbidae!

It was very active, crawling all over that piece of bark. And I agree... it looks very odd, I just don't know if it's a normal odd, or an... uh... odd odd.

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