CLOSED: Parasite?

Yumbo, Colombia

A friend from Texas, US sent me these photos of a moth with something apparently clinging to it. What might it be?

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Minot, ND

I suspect that this is a plant seed of some kind. The only ectoparasites of moths that I am aware of are mites and nematodes, and this specimen obviously is neither of those.

Yumbo, Colombia

Thank you.

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