This creature was seen in southern UK, near North Downs, just this weekend.


Unidentified insect


Though it might resemble a woolly aphid (https://dengarden.com/gardening/Woolly-Aphids-Whats-that-Fluffy-White-Stuff-on-my-Tree). I'm more certain that it is a mealy bug instead (https://puffycarrot.com/little-fuzzy-white-bugs/). the fact that it is not on a plant is what confuses me since both these species are usually living on plants which is where they grow.

here is some images i found that look almost identical to the photo you have and give other angles to the species, you can compare it with the images in the other links:




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