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Old 08-12-2018, 07:54 PM   #1
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Any Ideas?

I spotted these on the underside of a sunflower leaf. They seem to be dropping black goo (a defense mechanism?).
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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It got taken over by something. Fungus would be a guess.
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Wonderful photo. good detail. I don't know what it is though.
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Ewe!!!!
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It got taken over by something. Fungus would be a guess.
That is what I am finding out from a Facebook group.

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Wonderful photo. good detail. I don't know what it is though.
Thank you. Too bad it isn't a better subject matter.


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Ewe!!!!
Yes...sorry.
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Update...

After torrential rains, I'm finally getting back out today to take another look. And, following the advice of a member of a Facebook group, I turned the leaf over to get a better look.

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They still alive?
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The insects in the second picture look like viable insects. Did the Facebook person say what they are?
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Yes.

And yes.

They are still alive...and someone there gave me an ID. After that,I found this great link: https://bugtracks.wordpress.com/2016...toise-beetles/
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That is awesome!

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Art Evans’ Beetles of Eastern North America, expecting to learn which is the male and which is the female… but he explains that “freshly emerged adults are dingy white, then turn black and white for about 3 weeks before reaching maturity as a brilliant metallic green beetle.”
I should have that book.
but I was not thinking beetle...
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