These colorful scales belong to a common North American insect. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer the following:
1. What part of the insect is shown? (2 points)
2. To what family (1 point), genus (2 points), and species (3 points) does this insect belong?
3. Which of the following plants is least likely to host the immature form of this insect? Carrot, Tulip Tree, Oak Tree, Black Cherry, Magnolia (2 points).
The cumulative points winner across all mysteries for the month of February will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my insect photography galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.