Entomology (Study of Bugs)/identification


Rons insect
Rons insect  
I discovered this on my deck today July 25, 2013 at 1845 hrs.  Its about 1/8th inch long.  It reminds me of the ant lion of my youth in SW Missouri.  This specimen however is located in SE Minnesota. More precisely Kasson.  I would really like any input you could give me.  

Thank you for your time

Dear Ron - This appears to be a larva of a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/ln8a9re for an image. They are voracious predators on aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects; see http://tinyurl.com/lrzpkr6 for detailed information on their life history. When they crawl on human skin, they occasionally will 'sample' the skin for no apparent reason. Their nip is surprisingly strong for such a small insect.

Hope this helps,

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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