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Subject: Tiny Bugs All over swingset and willow tree
Location: Kalkaska, MI
September 12, 2012 5:43 pm
We recently noticed these tiny black bugs that seem to have an orangish redish color on there legs all over our wooden swingset and also recently discovered them all over our willow tree as well, I have never seen these bugs before and wonder if they cause any harm
Signature: Jessica L.

Giant Willow Aphids

Hi Jessica,
You have Giant Willow Aphids,
Tuberolachnus salignus and we verified the identification on BugGuide.  Aphids are considered significant agricultural pests, especially when they are numerous, but any harm they might cause would be to your willow tree, not to you or your swing set, though we imagine they are a bit of a nuisance on the swing set.

Giant Willow Aphid

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Subject: mass of bugs on downed sycamore
Location: Baltimore, MD
August 20, 2012 11:08 pm
I noticed masses of this bug on a sycamore that had been downed by a recent storm. This part of the tree was leaning, not on the ground. The tree is located in a park in woods near freshwater wetland.
I’ve included one photo with a bee to provide size comparison.
Signature: Martha

Giant Bark Aphids and Yellow Jacket

Hi Martha,
You have submitted photos of Giant Bark Aphids,
Longistigma caryae, and here is what we learned about them on BugGuide:  “This is the largest aphid in North America with adults averaging about 1/4 inch long. They also have long legs which makes them appear even larger. Males and some females are winged but egg laying females are wingless. They are brown with black markings (giving them somewhat of a mottled appearance) and have short, black cornicles. When alive they are often partially covered with a bluish white, waxy secretion.  BugGuide continues:  “Activity usually begins in late April in Oklahoma. An adult female gives birth to live young and a colony is formed on the underside of the branches of the host tree. Several generations occur during the summer and fall. Activity continues into mid-November in some years. Late in the fall females lay eggs in bark crevices or on the smooth bark of smaller limbs. The eggs are yellow when laid but later turn black. They are the overwintering stage.”  Sycamore is listed on BugGuideas a host plant and the complete list of host plants is:  “American elm, pin oak, live oak, post oak, blackjack oak, pecan, hickory, sycamore, and golden rain tree. Other trees which might be infested include maple, basswood, birch, beech, walnut, chestnut, and willow.”  We suspect the felled tree was oozing sap which attracted the Yellow Jacket.

Giant Bark Aphids


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Subject: Whats that bug?
Location: Nashville, TN
August 4, 2012 2:22 pm
Mr Bugman,
This lil bug was on my corn. What is it?
Signature: Jen

Broad Headed Sharpshooter

Dear Jen,
This is a Broad Headed Sharpshooter,
Oncometopia orbona, and though BugGuide does not list the plants upon which it is known to feed, if you are finding significant numbers of them on your corn, we expect they might be doing significant damage.  Planthoppers and Sharpshooters with their piercing and sucking mouthparts can initially damage plants because they take valuable fluids from young shoots by feeding on sap, but some species can also spread viruses and other pathogens to the plants they feed upon.

Wow! Thanks for the quick reply. This was the first one ive noticed… Ill be watching for more. Too pretty to hurt :(
Thanks for the help!

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Subject: Pls identify this bug
Location: Kottaya District,KeralaState, India
July 31, 2012 12:01 am
Could you Pls identify this bug ? . I took this pictures.
Signature: Honestly speaking, I donno what it means :D

Hopper Nymph

This is the nymph of one of the Hoppers in the insect order Homoptera.

Dear Daniel Marlos
Thank you for prompt reply and cooperation. I was struggling to get some information about the bug.Your reply helped me a lot !! .  You are doing a great service to persons like me. May God bless you :) :)
Have A NiceDay :)
Keep In Touch :)

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Subject: Chinese white spotted black bug
Location: China – about 2 hours from Beijing
July 4, 2012 12:22 am
Can you assist?
It sort of looks like a weevil?
With thanks,
Signature: David

White Cicada Nymph from China

Hi David,
Though it is a Fulgorid Planthopper and not a true Cicada, this nymph is known as a White Cicada.

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Green lacewing larva eating an aphid
Location: Naperville, IL
May 9, 2012 8:02 pm
Hi Daniel~
It’s bug season once more! I have lacewing eggs all over my 2-foot-tall milkweed, and the little aphid lions are busily eating their preferred prey. Here are a few shots from today of one that was moving pretty quickly, all the while sucking its victim dry. I am not sure of the identity of the critter under the larva’s front left leg in the first photo.
All the best,
Signature: -Dori Eldridge

Green Lacewing Larva eats Aphid

Dear Dori,
We are happy warm weather has hit Illinois because we always love getting your submissions.  We couldn’t decide which of your three photos was the best documentation of this predation, so we are posting one where the Green Lacewing Larva’s formidable mandibles can be clearly seen and another where the Aphid is clearly visible.  Meanwhile, we need to go outside and remove Milkweed Aphids from our native milkweed.  The proliferation of oleander in Los Angeles sustains the Aphids when milkweed is not available.

Green Lacewing Larva eats Aphid

Thanks so much, Daniel.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your site and your insight.  By the way, how do you remove your problem aphids?  On my hibiscus trees, I just use the garden sprayer set a notch or two below power wash.  But on the milkweed plants, where I have to be selective, I actually remove those orange oleander aphids by hand with a damp rag.  If I ignore the aphids too long, my plants become overrun by ants – not a good thing when trying to raise Monarchs.  I’ve collected nearly 100 Monarch eggs in the last 24 hours!  Have a lovely evening, and happy spring!

The plants are young native Narrow-Leafed Milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, and there are no caterpillars at this point, so I sprayed the Aphids with a water bottle that had a small quantity of liquid dish soap.  The Argentine Ants move the Aphids about and that invasive exotic ant species is a huge problem here in Southern California.


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