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Old May 19, 2009, 5:18 PM   #1
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Found these on our Orange Geiger Trees eating the greenery. Pest control guy could not identify so I am coming to the experts. This beautiful insect was only 3 to 4 mm (1/8th Inch) long.

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If it's leaving a slimey trail, I would say it's some kind of slug. Has it been damp where you are? I get slugs, larger than these, in my garden during extended periods of rain and overcast. They leave a slimy trail behind them. Ours like beer. I leave out shallow containers of beer. They are attracted to it and will drown in it. They remind me of my old Navy buddies - slugs that like to drown their sorrows in beer.

I don't think slugs are insects, more related to snails. I don't think your variety is edible though.
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If it's leaving a slimey trail, I would say it's some kind of slug. Has it been damp where you are? I get slugs, larger than these, in my garden during extended periods of rain and overcast. They leave a slimy trail behind them. Ours like beer. I leave out shallow containers of beer. They are attracted to it and will drown in it. They remind me of my old Navy buddies - slugs that like to drown their sorrows in beer.

I don't think slugs are insects, more related to snails. I don't think your variety is edible though.
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Could be, do any slugs have legs? These appear th have legs and segments, almost like a lobster.

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I don't know what they are. But, they sure are ugly creatures! Yuck!

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Looks a bit like a centipede, but I agree with Patty, ugly, yuk.
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Looks like the larva of some kind of bug. Only don't know what bug.

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Looks to me like your lovely tree has geiger tree tortoise beetle larvae. Look at the third page of this article:
http://collier.ifas.ufl.edu/CommHort...e_CALDWELL.pdf

Note that they mention it is spiny, and covered with slime and feces! You sure got a great shot of an amazing little creature!
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Looks to me like your lovely tree has geiger tree tortoise beetle larvae. Look at the third page of this article:
http://collier.ifas.ufl.edu/CommHort...e_CALDWELL.pdf

Note that they mention it is spiny, and covered with slime and feces! You sure got a great shot of an amazing little creature!
You got it exactly, I never would have thought to look for something specific to this tree.

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Note to Mac users - Safari won't open the link - I got the infamous "multicolored spinning wheel of death" and had to force quit the browser. My alternative Opera browser opened it with Acrobat Reader.

That particular beetle larva is a new one on me, too, although I did recognize it as a beetle larva (slugs don't have legs) not too unlike the Lady Beetle larvae whose life cycle I documented in these forums last year. Great photos, Ed and thanks to Mole for the ID.
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Note to Mac users - Safari won't open the link - I got the infamous "multicolored spinning wheel of death" and had to force quit the browser. My alternative Opera browser opened it with Acrobat Reader.
Note to window users safari 4 does open the page
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