Subject: Bug wearing a ghillie suit?
Geographic location of the bug: Central Oklahoma
Time: 04:45 PM EDT
My mom brought me this bug cause usually I can identify them for her, sometimes with the help of Google and this website lol. But I’ve never seen anything like this. It looks like a bug covered in debris, but I can’t scrap off the debris… I have a video of it and tried to get pics, but it’s so small picture is difficult
How you want your letter signed: Brandon Boudreaux
This is a predatory debris-carrying Lacewing Larva. The larvae of Green Lacewings often camouflage themselves with debris including carcasses of their prey. Your individual has adorned itself with the carcass of an ant.
Update: December 1, 2017
Awesome thanks a bunch! Shortly after I posted this I had the idea to Google “debris bug” cause I had no idea what would use literal debris and body parts. We discovered it was a lacewing larvae and we were so intrigued. I went out and put him on a plant in our garden and we watched him climb around for a few minuts. We actually got to watch him eat aphids as well! It was so cool to see life on such a small scale still taking it’s course as normal, like I wasn’t even watching!
We wish we could get away with checking our emails every two months.