New banner for my shop:
I changed my avy to the caterpillar, I think he's less evil looking than the mosquito.
I also took a picture of the gang all together:
However, this is missing the caddisfly larvae and house fly (both sold), as well as my latest little creations, Mindy Marsha and Melissa the three mealybugs!Mealybugs are nasty, fuzzy, hairy little pests that congregate on plants to suck the juices out. This makes them abhorred crop pests, but they're also kind of cute. They are a type of scale insect (order Hemiptera, the true bugs), though unlike the other scales, they retain their legs and can move around. The females have very reduced body parts and lack wings. They secrete a waxy substance all over their bodies, making them look powdery and furry.
Like aphids, they create a honey-dew substance from their abdomens as they feed. This attracts ants, and they have a similar sort of mutualistic relationship as ants and aphids do. The ants care for and protect the mealybugs, while the mealybugs provide the honey-dew as food. It is when this relationship occurs that the mealybugs can become serious pests, because they aren't being controlled by predators.
I have some ambitious projects in the works, stay tuned :)