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Subject: Looks like a cicada nymph, but it’s wingless and has pointed rear.
Location: Sarnia, Ontario. Canada
August 13, 2015 9:59 am
This bug weirded me out. It was on inside of van window, then I pulled over to inspect it. It looked like a crescent moon with legs and danced side to side. I managed to get this picture before it jumped on my shirt and my hubby knocked it off. Because I screamed so loud, I didn’t want to get on ground to look for it again. I didn’t want people thinking the wrong thing, so I drove away.
Signature: Tolerant of bugs I know of, terrified of unknown.

Leafhopper Nymph:  Coelidia olitoria

Leafhopper Nymph: Coelidia olitoria

Dear Tolerant,
We quickly identified your Leafhopper Nymph as
Coelidia olitoria on BugGuide, and this BugGuide posting mentions the side to side dance you witnessed.

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Subject: Winged Bug
Location: Montecito, California
August 7, 2015 4:12 pm
We found this beautiful winged bug in our house in Montecito, California August 7, 2015. It is about 3/8″ long, and when we touched it, it kind of jumped with a small clicking noise.
Signature: Derek Westen

Issid Planthopper

Issid Planthopper

Dear Derek,
Based on this BugGuide image, we believe we have correctly identified your Issid Planthopper as a member of the genus
NaethusBugGuide lists five members of the genus found in California, but does not provide much information.  Though it has nothing to do with entomology or with the Planthopper, iNaturalist provides this etymological information on the origin of the genus name:  “Neaethus was a river falling into what is now the Gulf of Taranto, where the ships of the Greeks were burned by the women of Troy whom they had led captive.” 

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Subject: Very small yellow bug
Location: Central Ontario canada
July 26, 2015 4:09 pm
What is this?
Signature: Todd

Aphid

Aphid

Dear Todd,
This is some species of Aphid.  We found a posting on the Backyard Arthropod Project that looks like your Aphid, and links to BugGuide’s pages on the subgenus 
Lineomyzocallis and to the genus Myzocallis, both of which are reported in Canada.

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Subject: unknown pink colored bug
Location: Moorestown, NJ
July 25, 2015 7:13 pm
This bug was found in my flower garden on 7/25/15. I am not sure what it is, but it “pops” similar to a click beetle and is about 1/4-1/2″ long. I have been unable to find any information in any of the books that I have and was wondering if you have any suggestions?
I really enjoy your website and have learned a lot from looking through the information found here. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Signature: Curious in NJ

Leafhopper Nymph

Leafhopper Nymph

Dear Curious in NJ,
Thanks for sending in the higher resolution images we requested.  This is a Leafhopper nymph, and immature individuals can be very difficult to identify with certainty.  We suspect based on its resemblance to this BugGuide image, that your individual may be an immature
Gyponana species.  This BugGuide image of Gyponana tenella is a strong candidate for your species.

Leafhopper Nymph

Leafhopper Nymph

Thank you very much for your time.  I really appreciate the information. My grandfather was an entomologist for many years and instilled a love of bugs in me as well.  I think the work you do on this website is really amazing!  Please keep the information available for all to find!
Thank you again,
Brenda Emmert

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Subject: please help identify this thing :)
Location: New Jersey, close to the coast.
July 20, 2015 5:49 pm
Hello there, I was sitting in my yard when i saw this little guy on my hand. No idea how it got there, but then I put it on my pant leg and took a picture. No one I showed it to has seen anything like it, not with those blue “butthairs” anyway. What is it???
Signature: just a Jersey girl

Planthopper Nymph

Planthopper Nymph

Dear Jersey Girl,
Immature Hemipterans can be very difficult to accurately identify, but we believe we have correctly identified this as an immature Issid Planthopper,
Thionia simplex, based on this BugGuide image.  The “butthairs” explained on BugGuide:  “in nymphs, the wax filaments projecting from the rear are straight and bundled, not bushy.”

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Subject: Bug found in evergreen
Location: Brisbane, California
July 3, 2015 8:56 pm
Hello,
The kiddos were climbing around in a tall evergreen today. A fellow parent noticed a mound of bugs that spread out to what you see in the photo. Any idea what they are?
Location: Northern California
Found: July 3, 2015
Thanks!
Signature: Irja

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Conifer Aphids

Dear Irja,
That tree is infested with Giant Conifer Aphids in the genus
Cinara.  According to BugGuide:  “If it’s big, and on a conifer, it’s probably Cinara. To identify further, it’s usually necessary to identify the host plant, and consider the geographic range of different species. … The genus is widespread, but individual species are often limited by the range of their hosts.”

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Conifer Aphids

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