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Unknown white insect

Description:

I found this rather odd-looking white insect on the Brunfelsia this morning. It has long pincers which it used to preen the white desiccated coconut-like mass on its back (as seen in video 0:25 onwards). Its rear can be seen on pictures 5 & 6. ID is appreciated.

Notes:

The Brunfelsia looks a bit unhealthy with ants and mealy bugs on various parts of the plant. White residues are seen as well.

1 Species ID Suggestions

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago
Mealybug destroyer
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Cryptolaemus montrouzieri


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4 Comments

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

The ID should say "Cryptolaemus montrouzieri larva"

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Strange looking bugs aren't they. The first time I saw one I thought it was dust floating around.

starleaf
starleaf 9 years ago

Not sure. I hope so - need all the bug control I could get right now. :-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

ladybird larvae imitating mealy bug?

starleaf
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starleaf

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Spotted on Mar 17, 2012
Submitted on Mar 17, 2012

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