While examining some insect damaged oak leaves I felt an annoying little sting on the back of my hand. I had to look closely to see a tiny white shapeless dot. I took several photographs and when it became too much to tolerate, I scraped the perp into an insect box.
Several of the leaves had the same insect as well as fuzzy egg cases and scattered exuvia (skins of molted larvae). I couldn't tell if all the white fuzz under the leaves was related to my tormentor or other species that were destined to become its prey.
|Deraeocoris nymph - REK|
|Ventral view with stylet - REK|
Under the microscope I could make out the piercing stylet that had stabbed me, typical of a larval Hemiptera or "true bug". I sent the photographs to Bugguide.net and got back an identification of a Deraeocoris nymph.
|Deraecoris nymph- Ilona L. CC|
There are no available guides to the species of these nymphs so I guess I will just have to chew on this problem for a while.....or visa versa.