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Subject: Cannibis Eater?
Location: Central Calif, USA (city of Bakersfield)
July 29, 2014 7:59 pm
We have found these 4 winged “flies” on our cannabis plant. Are they insect or plant eaters?
So far they haven’t eaten me!
Signature: Lynn

Sharpshooter

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Hi Lynn,
Your images are very tiny and not of the highest quality, so we enlarged them and enhanced them for posting, but we prefer high resolution, high quality images for identification purposes.  This appears to be some species of Leafhopper or Sharpshooter, and there are many agricultural pests in the family.  Leafhoppers suck the juices from plants, and some species are known to spread viral infections to plants.  Our best guess is that this is a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter,
Homalodisca vitripennis, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is:  “A major vector of Pierce’s disease on grape. Usually not a serious pest within its native range, this sp. was introduced into so. California, where it has become a serious threat to viticulture.”  We attempted to locate any documentation on the relationship between Glassy Winged Sharpshooters and Marijuana, and we did find a different species of Sharpshooter feeding on Marijuana on the FloraFinder site.  The University of California Davis Integrated Pest Management site has an excellent article on the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter, and though we scanned it, we could not find a reference to marijuana. 

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Fort MIll, SC
July 21, 2014 1:12 pm
Just took a photo of this dude. Can you identify it for me. The only picture I found of it on the net also did not identify it. Thanks. Keep buggin’
Signature: Dr.Weetabix

Treehopper

Treehopper

Dear Dr. Weetabix,
Three days ago, we posted an image of this Treehopper which we identified as
Entylia carinata.  The two images are so similar that at first we thought this was a duplicate submission.

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Subject: insect indentification
Location: Oklahoma
July 19, 2014 9:15 pm
Can you please help identify this insect?
Signature: Abigail

Treehopper

Treehopper

Dear Abigail,
We believe we have correctly identified your Treehopper as
Entylia carinata, based on this image posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, they feed on:  “various herbaceous plants, especially Asteraceae” and “Commonly seen to be attended by ants” which form a symbiotic relationship with plant sucking insects like Aphids and Treehoppers because the Ants feed on the honeydew secreted by many free-living Hemipterans.

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Subject: UNKNOWN INSECT
Location: homestead florida
July 14, 2014 7:51 am
Hello, on one of my tree branches there were hundreds of green insects. they seemed to grow in stages. very small brown looking with blue colors. as they get bigger, they are like lime green with a head that has like a spike that curves back. they just kind a sit there. and they fly!!
Signature: KIM PROZZILLO

Thorn Treehoppers

Thorn Treehoppers

Dear KIM,
Your image is quite blurry, but these Thorn Treehoppers,
Umbonia crassicornis, are unmistakable. 

 

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Subject: Colorful bug!
Location: Northwest Ohio
June 30, 2014 10:04 am
Hi bugman! I live in Northwest Ohio, and I found this little beauty on my hydrangea. I found it a few weeks ago around the first week of June. Found your site and thought I’d ask if you know what it is! Look forward to hearing from you! Thank you so much!
Signature: Karli Thornton

Candystriped Leafhopper

Candystriped Leafhopper

Hi Karli,
The aptly named Candystriped Leafhopper,
Graphocephala coccinea, though lovely, is not a beneficial insect.  They have mouths designed for piercing plant tissue and sucking nourishing fluids from the plants.  Some Leafhoppers are also suspected of carrying viral infections from plant to plant. 

Thanks for the info!! Sad because it’s such a pretty bug..
Karli Thornton

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Subject: bugs all over patio
Location: Aurora, CO
June 12, 2014 6:42 pm
Our patio, planter, and pine tree are covered with these brownish, greyish, and black teeny bugs. The adults are 3mm at most. The legs are striped. Picture was just taken, in mid-June
Signature: Amanda

Giant Conifer Aphid

Giant Conifer Aphid

Hi Amanda,
This is a Giant Conifer Aphid in the genus
Cinara, and you may find more information on BugGuide.

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