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Old 08-10-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Default Need another insect ID: Never seen ANYthing like this

What on earth is this thing?! My son said "Mom, this is a walking speck of moss!"
And that about covers it. Does anyone have any idea what this critter is?
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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From my angle, it looks like a dried up and shriveled pea at first glance.

Second glance, it looks like zebra mussel. (a stretch, i know...)

Heck, it must be native to your neck of the wood cause i've never seen something like it before.

Does your county ag extension have literature on native insects? Worth a try to check into. It's been my experience that they are overly helpful when it comes to things as such.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:55 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Blue Grass, thank you so much for your reply, it spurred me on to identify this little guy--and I did!
Scroll all the way down.
It is a brown lacewing larva.
(Not a green lacewing, a brown.)
Both insect types are beneficial to gardeners: they eat aphids and other pests.
The brown lacewing larva is otherwise known as a "trash bug" because it uses lichen, moss and even the exoskeletons of its prey as a disguise.
It is certainly a good camouflage. It really did just look like a walking piece of moss, no part of the actual insect was visible.
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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What on earth is this thing?! My son said "Mom, this is a walking speck of moss!"
And that about covers it. Does anyone have any idea what this critter is?

I found the same little moss like bug in Nc. but no idea what it might be....
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:55 PM
 
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Go to whatsthatbug.com. You will be amazed at all the info on that site.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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It looks like it came out of someone's nose
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: OB
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My son said "Mom, this is a walking speck of moss!"
It is! Crazy. The (green) crumbly stuff you see consists of tiny flakes of lichen.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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I found one of these things yesterday while working on my shed behind my house in Western Kentucky
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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The larvae of some kinds of green lacewings (family Chrysopidae, order Neuroptera) will "decorate" themselves with bits of moss, lichen, and other debris to disguise themselves from their predators while they go about looking for aphids and other small insects to eat. I suspect that this is what you found. ( this information I found while looking for what this little bug I found could be). If you peel away the moss this is indeed what it is!! but they are MUCH cuter with the moss I have to say Hope that helps.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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i found one of these to day on my tree in my front yard and i am 12 years old i had to look it up and thank u soooo much its really cool i also need to know what exactly what they eat can u help??????????????????
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