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Subject: Bloodsucker
Location: Texas
March 18, 2014 2:29 pm
What type of bug/mite is this? It was feeding on my boyfriend.
Signature: Soni

Mealybug Destroyer

Mealybug Destroyer

Dear Soni,
Please provide some clarification.  What do you mean “feeding” on your boyfriend?  Though your images are extremely blurry, this appears to be a type of Lady Beetle known as a Mealybug Destroyer,
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, and though it is possible to be bitten by a Lady Beetle, we would not consider them to be Bloodsuckers.  The Mealybug Destroyer is native to Australia, and according to BugGuide, it was:  “Imported to the US from Australia in 1891 to control citrus mealybugs in California. Widely used for control of citrus and long-tailed mealybugs, soft scales and related pests. Will not survive cold winters, so it is mostly used in greenhouses or mild-winter areas, or has to be introduced annually.”  Though we have several images of the larvae of Mealybug Destroyers in our archives, these are the first images of the adult beetles we have received.

Mealybug Destroyer

Mealybug Destroyer

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Texas

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