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Subject: What’s this strange insect?
Location: Chennai,India
February 21, 2013 12:28 pm
Hello Bugman,
Attaching image of insect that I photographed in my garden in the month of September. Can you help identify this insect?
Signature: Seema Swami

Hopper Nymph

Hopper Nymph

Hi Seema,
This is some type of Hopper nymph and it might be very difficult to identify to the species level.  It does resemble some of the members of the family pictured on the Brisbane Insect website.

 

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Guapil, Costa Rica
February 18, 2013 1:11 am
Saw this in Costa Rica a few years and wanted to know what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Mix

Wax Tail Hopper

Dear Mix,
Back in 2997, we posted an image of an unidentified Hemipteran from Costa Rica that we eventually identified as a Wax Tail Hopper,
Pterodictya reticularis, twelve years later.  Encyclopedia of Lifealso has an image of this unusual species.  The waxy tail is actually a secretion thought to protect the Hopper from predators.  Many members of the family Fulgoridae as well as other members of the order Hemiptera are capable of secreting similar waxy substances.  Fulgorid Planthoppers are sometimes called Lanternflies.

Wax Tail Hopper

As an aside, in 2003, the country of Nicaragua issued a stamp with an image of Pertodictya reticularis.

Wax Tail Hopper

 

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Subject: Query – bug identification
Location: Guadeloupe, Petit Boutg [Bougt]
February 11, 2013 10:13 am
I would appreciate very much if you could identify the bug (presumably Membracoidea)
Signature: Miroslav

Leafhopper

Dear Miroslav,
We needed to begin by researching that Guadeloupe, Petit Boutg is on a Caribbean island between Puerto Rico and Trinidad/Tobago, which we suspected, but we were not certain.  Alas, there isn’t a good online source for the insects of Guadeloupe, Petit Boutg.  In our opinion, the family is Cicadellidae, the Leafhoppers and not Membracoidea, the Treehoppers.  See BugGuide for North American Leafhoppers.  Individuals that live on islands have a closed gene pool and frequently develop into distinct subspecies and eventually species, as we learned from Darwin and the Galapagos.

Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for so quick response and worthwhile information. Is it so that my bug is similar to e.g., Graphocephala atropunctata?
Well, I must apologize for misprinting the location, it should read Petit Bourg, not Petit Bougt, sorry for that.
I have pictures of another two species from Guadeloupe that I am not able to identify. Do you think I can submit them for identification?
Best regards,
Miroslav

Yes you may, but we are about to leave the [home] office for the day to go to work and we probably won’t do any additional posting until tomorrow.

Karl provides an identification of this Sharpshooter
Hi Daniel and Miroslav:
It’s a leafhopper in the family Cicadellidae and subfamily Cicadellinae, commonly referred to as Sharpshooters. I think it is probably Hortensia similis, a species that is common throughout the Lesser and Greater Antilles, but has a much wider distribution that ranges from Florida to the northern half of South America. Regards.  Karl

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Subject: Daniel – Strange White Bug
Location: Hawthorne, CA
February 2, 2013 10:15 pm
Hi Daniel,
I’m pretty sure the little fat dark things in this photo are aphids, but cannot figure out what the white bug is. Can you please help?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Mealybug

Hi Anna,
We cannot make out details in the black bugs to confirm if they are Aphids, but we do know that the white bug is a Mealybug, a common pest on a broad variety of plants.  You can find numerous images of Mealybugs on BugGuide and the University of Minnesota Entomology website has a nice page on them as well.  You should try to get rid of them while there are only a few.

Hi Daniel,
Well, I certainly should have known that.  Thanks very much and I’ll go out and take care of that this morning!
Anna

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Subject: Tree Hopper
Location: Ulu Belum, Perak, Malaysia
January 4, 2013 2:19 am
Hi Bugman,
I found a devil like tree hopper.
What is it actually?
Signature: Asyraf

Treehopper

Dear Asyraf,
We somehow missed this submission when you sent it several weeks ago.  Many Treehoppers mimic thorns on plants as camouflage, and the spikes have the added advantage of making them very difficult to swallow.

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Subject: Snow fly?
Location: Durham, NC USA
January 18, 2013 3:37 pm
I’m an avid insect and macro photography enthusiast and I spotted something this morning on some fresh snow that caught my attention. Looks to be a sp. of snow fly, but I’m not positive. It was a tad smaller that a Drosophila melanogaster (common fruit fly) Any ideas?
Thanks!
Signature: Andrew B.

Aphid in the Snow

Hi Andrew,
This appears to us to be an Aphid, and we presume that snow is not its typical habitat.

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