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"Trash Bug" or Lacewing larvae

Chrysopidae sp.


This tiny little creature looked liked a ball of fluff until I saw it moving. It had little legs, but i was unable to see a face. Maybe 1/10 cm long, it was quite fast moving.


On bushes behind a pond (see last photo) in cleared tropical rainforest

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pamsai 5 years ago

thanks Gylma. Yes, I love them also. They carry all sort of stuff around. I've seen them with dead bodies of their prey, bits of bark, moss leaves, twigs, "cotton wool". Amazing creatures...

pamsai 5 years ago

Machi, "Trash Bug" is a very appropriate name... Thanks for the ID. I knew that somewhere in the archives of my mind... oh well...

Machi 5 years ago

Looks like a lacewing larva, a "trash bug." I think I can see the pincers in the second photo on the left side

pamsai 5 years ago

I'm not really sure Neil. i think it's one of those bugs that carries rubbish on it's back for camouflage.

Beautiful spotting Pam,!! Love those!! Every time I see one I really think they are just a ball of dirt/fluff and then I realized is their camouflage, when they start walking.... : )

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Oh dear, he's staggering home from a rave party. Cool spotting, Pam. Do you think the fluff is part of the bug, or perhaps some sort of fungal infestation?

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San José, San José, Costa Rica

Spotted on May 8, 2015
Submitted on May 27, 2015

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