Hi we found this little bug crawling up an empty flowerpot. Never seen anything like it before, can anyone identify it or tell us anything about it
Thanks bekkie, we are not very good at all this uploading lark so couldn't make it bigger but we clicked on the actual picture in the post and it enlarged it quite a bit, but we still have no idea what it is
Looks like a Cryptolaemus montrouzieri larva (mealybug ladybird larva) but they seem to be endemic to Australia or New Zealand - where are you?
Woolly scale insect
Hi Bob this was found at my daughters local pub garden in Faversham, Kent. Is this bug a baddy or does it eat the baddies?
If my ID is correct, it's a goodie and eats mealybugs. If Fidget is right, it's a baddie.
We need another opinion methinks.
The mealybug ladybird is being used for biological control, so it's a possible escapee from a nursery etc.
I've never met one of those
Hi Bob now you have given us a name to look up we googled it and found you are right, it is a ladybird larva, but has developed a white woolly coat to protect it from ants when it is eating the soft bodied scale insects that the ants protect to eat themselves, apparently. Faversham is home to the Brogdale Research Centre (Fruit Growing) so I don't know if they are experimenting there.