[Taxacom] Mystery photo

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 25 22:03:09 CDT 2012


Hi Stephen,
        Well, if there is a female coccoid on or inside that flower, what better reason would there be for the male to visit.  And I think I read that Icerya species have been found on orchids.   
                     -------------------Ken 

Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:45:45 -0700
From: stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Mystery photo
To: kinman at hotmail.com; halford at sfu.ca; marco.gaiani at gmail.com
CC: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu

Also, male coccoids don't have functional mouthparts (don't feed) which raises the issue of why flower visitation? 





From: Ken Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>; halford at sfu.ca; marco.gaiani at gmail.com 
Cc: "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Friday, 26 October 2012 3:23 PM
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] Mystery photo







Hi Stephen,


       I think you are getting close.  It sort of looks like genus Icerya, but who knows. 


                     --------------------Good luck,
                                                   Ken


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> Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:23:00 -0700
> From: stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
> To: halford at sfu.ca; marco.gaiani at gmail.com
> CC: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Mystery photo
> 
> In the adjusted photo, we can see the following apparent features: 
> (1) what appears to be a single pair of wings, held horizontally, much longer than the body of the insect, seemingly narrow and curved, without fringe of long setae;
> (2) an apparent abdomen which seems to be white (waxy?) with distinctive looking black segmentation, and perhaps a terminal black sclerite;
> (3) a head and thorax, mainly in oblique ventral view, which appear pink/red in colour;
> (4) either a pair of long filiform antennae (with long setae?), or a single antenna bifurcated at about 2/3, and with either a swollen scape, or maybe that's an eye, or maybe a
 scrobe;
> (5) what appears to be some shiny small black spheres, possibly eyes set at the hind angles of a triangular head, but possibly there is also a bunch of them between the thorax and the orchid flower, so maybe some sort of spores;
> (6) little indication of legs, except perhaps for one hind leg?
>  
> 
> 
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> To: Marco Gaiani <marco.gaiani at gmail.com> 
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> Sent: Friday, 26 October 2012 9:53 AM
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> 
> I adjusted the levels in Photoshop -- does this help (or hinder?)
> 
> http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a589/JPSteve1/orchid1.jpg
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