Junk Bug On Zinnia

It is a lacewing larva or sometimes just called a “junk bug” because of the junk it carries around on its back. The tiny larvae come up with all sorts of creative disguises to confuse predators. Other larvae may use bits and pieces of leaves, dead insects or whatever debris is available. I have seen these in other gardens, but never tried to find out what they were.

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10 Comments on “Junk Bug On Zinnia

    • Thanks Hans! They are interesting to photograph! At first you just think it is just something that fell there, but then you notice it is moving around!

    • Thanks Belinda! We saw a couple of these in our gardens last year, but did not know what they were. Saw this one this year and researched it this year to find out what it was.

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