Warning: Declaration of Mfields_Walker_Taxonomy_Dropdown::start_el(&$output, $term, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output, $object, $depth = 0, $args = Array, $current_object_id = 0) in /home/tbartlet/naturecloseups.com/wp-content/plugins/taxonomy-widget/taxonomy-widget.php on line 0

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tbartlet/naturecloseups.com/wp-content/plugins/taxonomy-widget/taxonomy-widget.php:0) in /home/tbartlet/naturecloseups.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php on line 1164
Scale Insects : Nature Closeups

Scale Insects

February 14th, 2012 - 5:55 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 2 Comments

5mm long | July 8, 2011 | Victorio Siqueroli Park, Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I probably wouldn’t have noticed these scale insects were it not for the ants that would occasionally stop to feed from them.

Its difficult to see in the first photo, but each one has 20 or so waxy threads spiraling away from the body. It’s not clear to me where exactly they’re coming from. The threads are a bit easier to see in the next few photos.

Waxy corkscrew shaped filaments radiate out from the body

I wonder if the spirals don’t help the ants to locate the scale.

The scales excrete honeydew from a small orange tube (to the left above, right below).

Side view

Here’s what might be an immature form of these scale insects. The tube where honeydew is excreted is easier to spot here.

Immature scale? | ~2mm

And finally, here’s an ant soliciting honeydew from that same small scale.

Ant (~4mm) soliciting honeydew

I’ll separately post more photos of the ants.

2 Responses to “Scale Insects”

  1. Patrick Coin says:

    Amazing–hard to believe these are insects.

  2. dai ly lexus says:

    soliciting honeydew from that same small scale

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply