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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: What is this...? Reply with quote

I suppose it is a fly, maybe one that has been or in the process of being parasitized, maybe even a very large aphid. It is alive by the way, about the size of a small housefly. I saw it move a couple of times. Think Anyway I thought I would post it to see if anyone had any other ideas. Very Happy


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a woolly aphid with not much wool but it seems large for one. I would say the antenna look too long for a fly. Think
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Up here in eastern Washington state we have some aphids that look a lot like this in the fall. I think they overwinter as adults. Perhaps you ran into something like them.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, an aphid that´s what it looks like to me too. The white powdery substance the body is covered in should be waxy secretions, which are quite common in aphids. To my knowledge over here our aphid species mostly overwinter as eggs or larvae but there might be other modes elsewhere. Or, depending on climate/vegetation the first winged migrating morphs may have already developed and be around there in the Carolinas. Think

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice finding Ken. Very Happy
To me, it looks like one giant aphid with gastrointestinal difficulties. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure is big for an aphid but I think you guys are right. Though this one does not have the cornicles or "tail-pipes." Maybe it's not running "headers." Laughing

Thanks all! Very Happy
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