Very Neat - need help IDing

Discussion in 'Garden Pest Management and Identification' started by Harry Homeowner, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Harry Homeowner

    Harry Homeowner Active Member

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    I found this on my weeping bald cypress thought it was very interesting and was wondering if anyone could help ID?

    What insect it was:

    What are the 'ball' like things:

    What is the fiber looking thing and what is it used for (it had a near perfect circle at the top):

    Finally any other good info.

    Thank you.
     

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    maf Well-Known Member Maple Society

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    I am no expert but it looks like a moth emerging from a cacoon after pupation. I don't know what the "balls" are but maybe they are eggs or larvae of a parasite given the circle at the top of the cacoon.
     
  3. Harry Homeowner

    Harry Homeowner Active Member

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    I will agree, that maybe a Parasitoid wasp was the culprit of the 'balls' and that they were possibly eggs.

    My first thought was also a moth and its cocoon of some sort but the insect casing itself is really throwing my off - it looks like a cicada skin (it is not, but that its what I think of when I see it).

    I will take another look tomorrow and snap another pic or two.
     

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