Not All Insects are Pests

Of course not all insects are pests — this is a basic tenet of integrated pest management (IPM).  However, in order to use IPM successfully we must be able to identify the insect.  Yesterday I was out taking photos of satsuma trees in bloom and I ran across an insect I did not recognize.  The first instinct is to think “how is it going to harm the tree”?  Luckily, my office is in the same building with a couple of USDA-ARS entomologists, so identifying it was easy (for them).  Below is the photo of it.  See if you recognize it and post a comment with your answer.  I will post the answer here on Monday of next week.

 Insect on Citrus

Insect on Citrus