The Body Snatcher

This gruesome creature carries the dead bodies it collects upon its back. The creature relentlessly paces back and forth, over and under leaves preying on innocent aphids and taking their dead remains with it.

Happy gruesome Halloween.

I spotted this very weird bug on my Hummingbird Bush that has been covered with aphids and so much honeydew that it made my hair sticky when I got too close. This gruesome creature is actually good news for gardeners as they eat the aphids that suck on plants and cause damage or death. These bugs are called junk bugs or aphid lions and are the larval stage of green lacewings which are beneficial insects for the garden. The junk bug is about the size of the tip of my pinkie.

Even though they are gruesome, the junk bug is welcome to haunt my garden.

20 Comments on “The Body Snatcher”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’d call this one cool rather than gruesome. It reminds me of the caddisfly, whose larvae build a ‘case’ out of whatever materials are at hand. Sometimes their cases seem to be jeweled.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice! I once wrote a post about one I found in my garden, but it was covered with plant fuzz, called a Lint Bug. 🙂 Happy Halloween!

  3. Is it the pinkish-colored ball on the stem?

  4. Cathy says:

    Weird and wonderful again!

  5. Tina says:

    I’ve seen those critters, too. They’re so weird, but in an odd way, kind of cute!

  6. Misti says:

    The junk bug, I don’t know if I’ve heard of that one! Will look it up!

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Nature is so interesting!

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I wish I had some here as there are millions of aphids on my roses!

  9. susurrus says:

    They would be welcome in my garden too – patrolling my climbing rose would be perfect. Impossible to tell if one would qualify as a horned beastie, but an adorned beastie? Certainly!

  10. I have never seen one. Fascinating!

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