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Old 12-05-2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by turttle View Post
Okay. I have decorator caterpillars and I have seen decorator crabs, but these guys take the cake. I swear they have legs and will crawl on my hand, but I can't see any real detail under all of the moss. Suunto, any ideas on what kind of insect they could be under all the moss/lichen they are covered in? There were three of them on the sap leak of my chestnut oak, on a warm day a few days ago (Dec). Size is a little under a centimeter.
If these are the same as what Sage had earlier, they would be larvae of lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae) known as 'trash bugs' - see Green Lacewing larva - With adorned debris | Flickr - Photo Sharing! for an example.
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