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CLOSED: larvae with lumps on its back

Irvine, CA

Found in Orange County, CA. It's presumably what's eating the squash leaves in the property I just moved into. At first I assumed the lumps were parasite larvae, but then I noticed many others with the same lumps. Of course, they might all have parasites. Oh, it emitted a droplet of green liquid from its mouth when I touched it gently with a twig.

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Minot, ND

It's a larva of a leaf beetle; some species 'camouflage' themselves like this with their own fecal matter....

Irvine, CA

charming!

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