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OT: Insect ID

Posted by karyn1 7a (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 15, 11 at 17:31

I'm hoping that someone here knows what this is. I posted on Pests and Disease but have no idea if this is a bad guy. There's no insect ID forum on GW except for the butterfly forum. These little guys showed up in the greenhouse about 10 days ago. They were on the undersides of various leaves. They don't seem to do much of anything including move. They are almost gone now. I don't know if they have a short lifespan or if they moved out of the greenhouse. They look a bit like a lacewing with a curved body and are smaller, maybe 1/4".
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RE: OT: Insect ID

That is odd, I've no idea what it is, I hope someone can help Karyn. Sorry I'm no help. :(

~Tina


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It looks like a May Fly but they hatch the middle of July here so maybe not. Great fish food.
Bill


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That's what someone else said but like you said it's the wrong time of year. These don't have "tails" and there's no water source in the greenhouse that they could have hatched out of.


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Hm, the picture looks like stage four of the mayfly. A Dun. But with no water source, I have no idea what it is.

~Tina

Here is a link that might be useful: Mayfly life cycle


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  • Posted by chena z8 Texas (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 16, 11 at 12:20

Looks like a mayfly to me as well!!!

Kylie


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It looks like a mayfly but where would they have come from? It's not like it was a single fly that wandered in. There was easily over 100 and they all appeared at the same time so they must have just hatched. There's no water in or near the greenhouse and they pupate in water for a very long time. Maybe I have some kind of mutant mayfly in my yard. lol


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Looks like a brown lacewing to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Brown Lacewing


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  • Posted by chena z8 Texas (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 17, 11 at 14:58

I don't know about the brown ones but the green ones have a very distinct sound.. annoying if the get in they house..They show up in the Spring here..

Kylie


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I am giving up on getting the ID of this stupid bug! The lacewings don't have the sickle shaped body, at least not that I know of and these are about 1/2 the size of the green lacewings. Kylie this doesn't make any noise. It really does look most like a mayfly but without a water source???? BTW Kyle you want the lacewings. They are a beneficial insect, especially in the larval stage and eat aphids and other soft bodied insects.


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  • Posted by chena z8 Texas (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 19, 11 at 11:43

Karyn I love lace wings.. Just not in the house.. I found one on my back door last night which I thought was odd...

Kylie


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