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Jun 7, 2014 1:12 AM

Small black insect in a soft tube 'house' - please identify it

I have found some insects on an olive tree in my garden, I am struggling to even describe them because of the weird  ... cover, cocoon, camouflaged tube they live in. The insect is small, about 5mm and blackish, the tube is made of a soft, but quite strong green substance, it is conical in shape, with the head of the insect at the open end, attached and presumable feeding on the tree. The tree has a fair amount of green algae on, and the conical tube is the same colour exactly.  The cone shapes are in clusters of 3 or 4, and around them are loads of tiny creatures resembling spider mites.2014-06-06 20.22.53.jpg2014-05-17 14.24.13.jpg2014-06-06 20.26.57.jpg

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