@jjongs-tae-and-biscuits submitted: No ID's needed, just wanted to share some friends I found while camping! (Although if you want to help with the cicada I won't say no, I had to sleep before it was fully 'ready')
But for the IDs I have: cicada, arkys spider, and a chlorobapta frontalis beetle (thought it was a fiddler beetle at first)
These were located in QLD Australia at Running Creek Parklands in Stanthorpe. I was so excited when everyone oohed and ahhed at the cicada when I showed them ☺️💕
A freshly peeled angel!!! I don't have much hope of IDing it before it darkens to its natural colors, especially since I'm not super familiar with Australian bugs! The second friend is definitely a spider in Arkys. Love those triangle pals. And I agree the final precious babe is Chlorobapta frontalis. Great collection of friends, thanks for sharing!
@emordnilap-fr submitted: found this little guy, down in southern louisiana! i assume it's some kind of larva, since its got more than 6/8 legs. not sure if it was a caterpillar-type situation, since i couldn't see them very well. its body is black, and the white bits seem like fuzzy tufts? i thought it was a piece of lint at first. smaller than a grain of rice!
i've only seen a couple, they're pretty fun to find!
Awesome find! It's a mealybug destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, which is the larva of a type of lady beetle. Both adults and larvae are predatory and eat scale insects, especially mealybugs. Larvae mimic mealybugs pretty dang accurately! It's called aggressive mimicry when they mimic their own prey in order to get closer and gobble them up.
Adult mealybug destroyer:
Cute yet deadly!!! But only to scale insects. Photo by glmory