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Subject: Beetles
Location: Ranca Upas, Ciwidey, West Java, Indonesia
January 10, 2013 3:06 pm
Hi Daniel,
I take these picture in a forest 2010, there are two beetles.
The first one with black and beautiful brushed like orange colored, I suspect that this one is a lady beetle but I’m not sure.
and the second one I don’t have a clue what is it.
Hope that you could help.
signature: Mohamad Idham Iskandar

Flea Beetle, we believe

Hi Mohamad,
The beetle you believe to be a Lady Beetle is most likely a Flea Beetle, which is a Tribe Alticini within the Leaf Beetle Family Chrysomelidae.  Though it is not an exact match, there are certain similarities between your individual and this photo from Encyclopedia of Life.  The other insect is a puzzler for us and we have requested assistance from Eric Eaton.  While it looks beetle-like, there is something about the eyes that does not seem right.  Do you have any additional photos that show the antennae or mouthparts?  That might help.  Where was this insect found?  Was it feeding on a plant?  Was it a lone individual?  Was it attracted to lights?  Please provide any additional information.  It almost has us thinking it might be a Hemipteran.

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Eric Eaton provides some information
Wow!  What a great birthday mystery for me :-)  Definitely some kind of ‘hopper in the Hemiptera order (and you *can* see one antenna, under the eye on the left side of the image), but it is surely a mimic of a beetle, maybe even a lady beetle.  Don’t know where to start….Ooooh, I’ll e-mail this to the wife of the weevil expert, she might know :-)

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Subject: Found this bug on tomato plants
Location: Southern California in the Long Beach area
December 26, 2012 11:24 pm
Found this bug on tomato plants we were removing. Found in southern California in the Long Beach area. Pictures were taken 11/22/2012. Do you know what this bug is?
Signature: From Thymej

Keeled Treehopper Nymph

Dear Thymej,
You have submitted photos of a Keeled Treehopper Nymph,
Antianthe expansa, and we suspect you did not find an individual on your tomato plants.  Nymphs of the Keeled Treehopper generally live in colonies and they are very wary of humans trying to remove them.  Often the entire colony moves together to the other side of the stem.  The nymphs look very different from adults which are green.  Both adults and nymphs have spiny projections which make them difficult to crush, and also makes them quite unpalatable to birds.  Keeled Treehoppers feed by sucking juices and fluids from tomato plants and others in the family, including peppers and eggplant.  There is an excellent account on Garden Web

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Subject: Leaf Hopper South West Sydney
Location: Campbelltown, Australia
December 22, 2012 1:49 am
I was a post by another person. They didn’t get a chance to take a photo of this bug from the same area I live. I will leave a link on their page if you can post this please :)
Signature: Leafhopper South West Sydney

Unidentified Leafhopper

Thank you for providing us with another view of this still unidentified Leafhopper.  We will continue to research its identity.

Unidentified Leafhopper

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Russellville, AR
December 22, 2012 1:29 pm
A custome found these on a frasier fur Christmas tree in his house. They seemed to have multiplied according this customer. We are in Arkansas and this was about a day ago.
Signature: ?

Giant Conifer Aphids

Dear ?,
Your customer got some Giant Conifer Aphids in addition to the Christmas Tree.  In anticipation of similar requests, we created a featured posting just yesterday on the Giant Conifer Aphids.

Thank you so much for your response.
Jeff Smith
Live Nursery Specialist

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Subject: Sudden bug problem
Location: New York City
December 19, 2012 1:56 pm
Dear Bugman,
Today, I noticed several bugs dead or dying on the floor near the windows (which were closed – it’s winter, and I live in New York City – apt on the 6th floor of a high rise). I’ve never seen these bugs before – when I started looking around, I found a bunch more (altogether, nearly 30), all on the floor or baseboards, almost all looked like they were dying. A handful were already dead. Only two seemed to be moving normally. I have no idea where they came from, why they appeared suddenly, or why they were dying. Their bodies are about 0.5cm long and 0.25cm wide. We put a Christmas tree in this room, but it’s been here for nearly two weeks with no sign of the bugs; we don’t keep any food in this area, it’s just a small sitting room (picture included). Any info you can provide on what these are and how we can keep them away would be MUCH appreciated – thank you so much for your help!!
Signature: Mari in Manhattan


Dear Mari,
Every year we answer several letters for folks who find unwanted visitors in their homes around Christmas.  Many creatures enter homes on live Christmas Trees.  This is a Giant Conifer Aphid in the genus
Cinara.  Aphids feed on sap and fluids from the host plant.  If the Christmas Tree was in place for two weeks before the appearance of the Giant Conifer Aphids, we suspect there was enough sap to allow the Aphids to feed.  As the tree dried out, the Aphids no longer had a food source and as they were dying, they were attempting to locate another living tree, to no avail.  Since there is no other food, the Giant Conifer Aphids will die indoors.  They will not harm you or your home, but they can be considered a nuisance.  In addition to Giant Conifer Aphids, other insects that have entered the home on a Christmas Tree include Sawflies, Bagworms and Preying Mantids which hatch from oothecae laid on the trees.  When we first began this site, we often got reports, usually without photos, of Preying Mantids hatching from Christmas Trees, but we haven’t gotten any recent reports since 2005.  Perhaps if more Preying Mantids were living in the Christmas Tree farms, there would be fewer reports of Giant Conifer Aphids which are our newest and most frequent reports of critters coming into the home on Christmas Trees.

Live Christmas Tree is ground zero for Aphid Infestation


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Subject: Aphid-like insect
Location: Singapore
December 17, 2012 11:47 pm
First of all I’d like to just say how fantastic a resource this is. I only found this site during the week and I’m trying to control myself sending through ID requests.
The attached bug was found on a chest high hedgerow. He is approx 4mm in length from head to toe. He’s perfectly camouflaged on the leaf. He was sitting low on the leaf near the leaf stalk. I’m guessing he is an aphid of some sort but it’s a complete guess. Google has been no help. Maybe you guys have some idea?
Signature: David

Planthopper, we presume

Hi David,
We believe this Free Living Hemipteran is some type of Planthopper, but we haven’t the time to research it at the moment.  Two beautiful True Bugs from Himalayan Nepal are also awaiting identification and we have only reached H in the Christmas cards.
P.S.  Planthoppers are in the same order as Aphids.  Good guess.

Update:  April 8, 2013
David provided us with an update and an identification of the Grainy Planthopper,
Kallitaxila granulata, and we found a matching photo on PestNet.


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