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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Tennessee Bug on Fuzzy Moss

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Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2002
9:19 AM

Post #34965

This bug had just molted, I think. You can barely see the black piece with legs nearby. The bug's body was about 1/4" long and it had really bright coloring, as you can see. What is this insect? Isn't that moss cool? It's all fuzzy and looked neat with the lichen on the trunk of this tree.

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New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2002
9:23 AM

Post #295850

WOW cool never see this before. The color look pretty too.
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2002
12:32 PM

Post #295887

Looks like some kind of aphid. We have lots of aphids in TN, they come in all colors.
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2002
2:31 PM

Post #295934

That big? It was actually larger than 1/4" long - probably 1/3" or so. The moss it was on was a long fuzzy moss. Yikes - if that's an aphid, it'd suck a plant dry in half a day! LOL
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2002
8:32 PM

Post #296093

Guess not then, they aren't THAT big here, lol. Though sometimes I think they eat like they are.

July 5, 2002
3:03 PM

Post #296554

Looks like the 2nd or 3rd instar of a True Bug (Hemiptera) to me - but I'm no expert.
As gardenwife says, the nymph has just molted - it's possible that when its chitin exoskeleton hardens, the colors will become more muted.

BTW, the insect Order Hemiptera includes such cuddly critters as stinkbugs, bedbugs, assassin bugs, and the especially adorable one in the Andes that spreads Chagas disease. Here's a link with some other colorful examples:
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 6, 2002
12:57 AM

Post #296918

Lophophora, I was looking in the "true bug" section, but couldn't find anything that bright. Didn't think about it just molting. Welcome to DG, BTW.

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