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Very strange insect, any ID suggestions?

 
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kit1980



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:50 am    Post subject: Very strange insect, any ID suggestions? Reply with quote

This tiny monstrosity (~2mm in length) was inside of some kind of "flat tent cocoon" on a pepper plant leaf in Washington state, USA. The insect seems to be infected or deformed.

I asked for ID help in several places, no ideas so far.


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Ichthyophthirius



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

This looks like a pupa that failed to develop or hatch properly.

My guess would be a micromoth, because of the hairy larval skin (on the left) and the silk cocoon but other holometabolic insects are possible.

Regards, Ichty
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