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Round Rock, Texas
Region: Texas
RustyGears
May 3, 2020 6:03 PM CST
This little insect was found on a gaura plant, tiny, fast and resembles a white spiky dinosaur. Anyone know what he is? It's a little blurry- he's small.
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
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plantmanager
May 3, 2020 9:31 PM CST
I don't have a clue, but I hope someone will come along soon!
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
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plantmanager
May 5, 2020 3:42 PM CST
I found a site geared to just Texas insects. They had this one that is possibly close. What do you think?
https://www.insectidentificati...
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Round Rock, Texas
Region: Texas
RustyGears
May 6, 2020 10:44 AM CST
It's similar- but the Beech Blight bug is fuzzy. My little guy was like a fast armored tank, hard with white hard-looking spikes (like a stegosaurus!). It actually looked a lot like a completely bright white stegosaurus, and it didn't hop but ran when I accidentally disturbed it (was spraying Safer Soap but missed it, thankfully- or not thankfully, depending on what kind of insect he is!). I didn't want to kill him by accident if he was beneficial.
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
May 13, 2020 3:23 PM CST
What is the plant species? Never mind I just re-read the post. lol. Its a mealy bug.
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[Last edited by GregC - May 13, 2020 3:26 PM (+)]
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Round Rock, Texas
Region: Texas
RustyGears
Jun 29, 2020 6:27 PM CST
Thank you, GregC! I have seen mealy bugs before but they weren't big enough for me to see how "dinosaur" looking they are. Thanks for the ID!

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