Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

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What were those red globes stuck to the buggy fuzzball?

They were parasitic mites- probably Erythraeidae- feeding on a planthopper nymph in the family Flatidae.

Five points to Ted MacRae for nabbing the bug family first, and five more to Chris Borkent for the mites. I *think*, but am not sure, that the bug is Metcalfa as guessed by Dave H, Dave W. and Monika- so I’ll award a point each there as well. The legs of the mite are visible in the photo above.

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