Observation 87984: Chrysopidae
When: 2011-04-22
No herbarium specimen
0 Sequences

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Recognized by sight: Perhaps some kind of mealybug
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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-12-11 14:45:44 CST (-0500)

will suffice until/unless a genus or species can be determined. Non-fungal observations are welcome, particularly when they are as conspicuously fungoid and interesting as this one is. See the rest of the Non-fungal species list (linked above) for more.

By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2013-12-11 10:16:57 CST (-0500)


I agree with there ID on the first one- and probably the second- larvae of some type of Neuroptera (lace wing).

Phillip J Pellitteri
Distinguished Faculty Associate
UW Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab"

My question now is should I create a descriptor that is purely insect based so that if we get another lacewing larvae or woolly alder aphid, we can readily put that as the descriptor, or should non fungal reports just be eliminated?

It’s a non-fungal bug
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2013-12-11 09:11:28 CST (-0500)

I agree with Danny. This is not a fungus. My gut reaction when I saw this was that this was something like a woolly alder aphid http://bugguide.net/node/view/157195

The shape of the body wasn’t right but there didn’t seem to be the impairing growth.

Looking at the cranefly larvae, this seems spot on.

I can send the pic to Phil Pelliteri and see what he sees.

i have seen a similar insect
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-12-11 01:12:10 CST (-0500)

in Costa Rica (observation forthcoming) which was very much alive, hauling a garden of suspiciously fungal something on its back. this site:


describes this phenomenon in detail. Given the similarity to the insect seen here, I suspect this could be a related (if not the same), debris-hauling species, one which may be dead, but was not killed by a fungus.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-02-21 14:15:03 CST (-0500)

the question then is whether or not this blanket of fluff is fungal or part of the insect. if this is an entomopathogen, the host certainly doesn’t look very deteriorated. then again, there do appear to be some classic “pom-pom on a stick” conidial formations (where o where is the illustrated glossary of entomopathogenic terms??) making up that fluff layer.

reminds me a bit of this observation:


which suffers from the same dilemma.

Dead …. yes indeed..
By: Alok Mahendroo (alok)
2012-02-21 11:31:07 CST (-0500)
was it dead?
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-02-21 11:24:39 CST (-0500)

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