Hope you can help me with this one, to be honest I'm not even sure its a beetle. I was thinking some type of wart beetle or similar. This guy is about 6mm long, I thought it was just a empty ladybird pupa, but it has 6 legs, and two anntenae.
Thanks for looking
Well, it probably was a beetle or maybe a bug - but we can't see which from these photos. What has happened here is that the insect has become infected with an entomopathogenic (i.e. insect-infecting) fungus. There are quite a few of these and there is an interest in using them for biological pest control. You can find more information here:
It might be possible to get a better view of the inseect if you dissect off some of the fungus under a microscope.
I will be honest- insects i love them but I'm not the specialist in that subject.
My first impression was that this is an aphid, but when I check that in internet i found that : http://http://www.easttennesseewildflowers.com/gallery/search.php?searchstring=coleoptera
may be that will help you to find the answer. (go down the page 4th picture)
The Mealy Bug Destroyer is a good call but it is the larvae of a Ladybird beetle. The insect in question has the undercarriage of a bug so I think Clive is on the money on this occasion.
Wow thanks for all the replies, I've posted these on my Flickr account as well and something I didn't mention here as I didn't see the relevance of it at the time was that we saw three of these in a 1ft sq area on that day. The two photos above are actually two different examples, so I had a look at this fungus, wow at some of the things they look like btw, but what I wondered was why all of mine looked identical.
Joe over at British bugs posted on my flickr photo and said it was a Waxy Scale Insect, after doing some research on the net about them, this does seem quite likely. The mature females often have rudimentary legs (6) and anntenae. Now I admit most of the information I can find on with the Scale insects is about the smaller of them, but I read some species can be up to 2cm in length, so..
What do yall think about that? Here is a link to my four photos, of two different individuals. They were attached to sticky weed, buttercup, and a type of sedge grass, but all near by a wild rose (Dog Rose).
Thanks again for helping me out here.
I'm an american transplant living in Hastings East Sussex now, so you might notice my american english spelling...haha but the bugs were found at Pebsham Countryside Park area of East Sussex, which is near (although totally differnt habitat) Filsham Reedbed. Its more of a wetish waste ground in habitat.
Hope that helps
Your photos are excellent! Most of the comments you've received are fairly wide of the mark except for the person who said it could be an aphid. In fact this belongs to a group related to aphids and is a type of scale insect. It is adult and it belongs to a family called the Ortheziidae, which often live under stones or in tangles of mossy vegetation. Others, like yours, feed on aerial parts of their host plants. These individuals are in lovely condition and are definitely not suffering from fungal attack. The adult females (males are extremely tiny and resemble flies) secrete large amounts of white wax all over the body and this may help with managing the micro-climate around the insect. At the hind end of the individual you can clearly see a fluted waxy extension - this is termed an ovisac and it contains hundreds of eggs. When the eggs hatch, the minute crawlers emerge from the end of the ovisac and can wander to find themselves suitable feeding sites - and some will be dispersed by air currents. Scale insects are true bugs (Hemiptera) and feed on plant sap via tubular stylets. Members of this family are called "ensign scales" because the action of walking causes the ovisac to waggle from side to side, like signalling flags. They are relatively unusual because they can (and do) walk with their ovisacs attached - most other scales remain static once an ovisac has been produced. [The white flecks on many urban tree trunks and branches are ovisacs of a different type of scale insect.]
Identifying ortheziids is very difficult, partly because all that wax usually has to be carefully removed. Once "bald" they are chemically treated and mounted flat on glass slides. Even then, they are covered in thousands of long hairs that obscure important characterisitcs. In good condition like yours, some may be identifiable by a specialist from the patterns of the waxy secretions. I don't know where yours were photographed. If in UK they might be a common pest of warmer parts of the world that has become established in a glasshouse, called Insignorthezia insignis. Native British species include Arctorthezia cataphracta, Newsteadia floccosa [floccosa meaning woolly / flocculent] and Orthezia urticae. Some species are pretty hardy creatures, and those feeding on roots and living under rocks can be found in places like Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland.
I hope this information will be interesting to you and other readers, Jon Martin, NHM Entomology Dept
Thank you Jon
I did find that very interesting. What fascinating little creatures they are. These were found in the UK, in the wild, although I suppose they could be escapees. The area is a small lightly managed area that is to become part of a Countryside park here in Hastings, UK, if and when the landfill area is moved (and all those political like things). For now the area is a grassy, heath/wetland, waste ground. One of the wonderful things about it is that it is so lightly managed and has a fantastic biodiversity.
I think then, your telling me it's safe to label this as a Scale Insect (Ortheziidae sp.), considering I had no idea what it could be when I posted I'm happy to know that much.
Thank you for taking the time to look at these for me, and to all of those other posters trying to help me as well. I would very much like to add a link back to your post from my stream incase anyone else would like to read that information.