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Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Southern California
August 9, 2016 2:41 pm
Found this bug on me while laying in bed. What is it?
Signature: Mathew

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Dear Mathew,
The Glassy Winged Sharpshooter is a recently introduced insect to Southern California.

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Subject: What type of moth is this?
Location: Daejeon, South Korea
August 9, 2016 12:29 pm
Hello. I have included a picture of a moth that I am trying to identify. The moth is found is South Korea. The one in the picture was near a river and there were hundreds of them in that area. I have seen them mostly in the evening, but I assume they are also active at night.
I hope you can tell me this little guys name.
Thank you.
Signature: John Erskin

Free Living Hemipteran

Ricaniid Planthopper

Dear John,
This is not a Moth.  It is a Free Living Hemipteran in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, a group that includes Cicadas, Leafhoppers, Planthoppers and Treehoppers.  Other than recognizing its suborder, we have not had any luck with a more specific identification at this time.

Update:  August 11, 2016
Thanks to a pair of comments from our awesome contributor, Cesar Crash, who runs Insetologia in Brazil, directing us first to a matching image on FlickR identified as a Ricaniid Planthopper from the family Ricaniidae,
Ricania shantungensis, and then to a scholarly article on Science Alert on the reclassification of the genus as Pochazia, we suddenly realize we are way over our head in writing about this particular insect.  With that said, we will just quote the first paragraph from Science Alert:  “Two species of the genus Pochazia, P. albomaculata and P. shantungensis, are redescribed and illustrated from Korea. Among them, the exotic species P. shantungensis, assumed to be invaded from China recently, is known for the first time in Korea. A sudden outbreak of the latter is observed in the western part of Korean peninsula which is injurious to various fruit plants, many other trees and wild herbs. Hitherto unknown male genitalic characters of the two species are given and keys to genera of the Ricaniidae and species of Pochazia from Korea are provided.”   The New South Wales Government has a nice page on the family Ricaniidae, an Old World Family of Planthoppers that will hopefully not spread with globalization as members of the Free Living Hemipteran suborder Auchenorrhyncha, and indeed Hemipterans in general, are among the most problematic invasive species because of the agricultural impact their introduction has on crops.    

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Subject: Please ID
Location: Paramount CA
July 27, 2016 7:05 pm
Its late July when I felt something near my armpits the stretch mark area there was something ive never seen and I know more than your average person about wild life.
Signature: Brian

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Dear Brian,
This is a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter,
Homalodisca vitripennis, and according to BugGuide:  “A major vector of Pierce’s disease on grape. Usually not a serious pest within its native range, southeastern US. This species was accidentally introduced into so. California in the early 1990s, probably with ornamental or agricultural stock. There, it has become a serious threat to viticulture.  The biggest problem is that it can spread the disease-causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa.”

Daniel,
Thanks for your service.  Should I see a doctor?

Dear Brian,
While we cannot say for certain if you have cause to see a doctor, your interaction with this Glassy Winged Sharpshooter is no cause for concern.  The bacterium mentioned is a disease agent for grape vines, not people.

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Subject: Curious to know the name of this insect.
Location: GUWAHATI, NORTHEAST INDIA.
July 23, 2016 3:22 am
Will be very thankful with your reply.
Signature: Any

Thorn Mimic Treehopper:

Thorn Mimic Treehopper:

Dear Any,
We are confident that we have identified your Thorn Mimic Treehopper in the family Membracidae as
 Leptocentrus taurus since we have found corroboration on India Nature Watch and Biodiversity India

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Subject: freak bug
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
July 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Spotted this guy on a hike in West Virginia… can’t tell if it’s a beetle or maybe something emerging from casing…. help?
Signature: DJ

Two Lined Spittlebug

Two Lined Spittlebug

Dear DJ,
This Two Lined Spittlebug,
Prosapia bicincta, is a free living Hemipteran, not a Beetle.

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Subject: Meanest looking two-lined spittle bug
Location: Troy, VA
July 2, 2016 11:05 am
This bug looked so cute till I blew it up. Now it just looks dangerous, it’s still pretty though. Love the red face.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Two-Lined Spittlebug

Two-Lined Spittlebug

Dear Grace,
Thanks for sending in your image of a Two-Lined Spittlebug,
Prosapia bicincta.  According to BugGuide:  “In the immature (nymph) stage (surrounded by the “spittle” foam which protects them, and which they produce from juices they suck from the plant) they feed on centipedegrass, bermudagrass and other grasses, including occasionally corn.
Adults feed on hollies – they feed on the underside of leaves, and damage shows up as pale mottling not usually visible from above.”

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