We end December with a straightforward mystery insect:


What is the big, white, furry animal amid the bumbling herd of aphids?

I will award points to the first person who can correctly name the order (4 points) the family (3 points), and the subfamily (3 points). For full credit, guesses must be accompanied by supporting character information.

The cumulative points winner for the month of December will win their choice of:

1) A guest post here on Myrmecos
2) Any 8×10 print from my insect photography galleries
3) A myrmecos t-shirt

Good luck!