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bolivia bug
Location: Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
January 29, 2012 10:25 pm
This bug is from Rurrenabaque, Bolivia can you identify it please
Signature: M Schwartz

Fulgorid PLanthopper

Dear M Schwartz,
We identified your Fulgorid Planthopper as the Amazon Roostertail,
Lystra lanata, on FlickR.  The common name is listed as the Red Dotted Planthopper on Animal World where it states:  “These interesting insects are members of the hemiptera or true bugs. They use their proboscis to penetrate their host plant/tree on which they are usually found to drink the sugary rich phloem. They excrete honeydew which is a sugary liquid stripped of the nutrients needed by the fulgorid but still of interest to other insects, chiefly ants. So, fulgorids (and many other hemipterans) can be found attended by many different species of ants which will actually cultivate, farm and defend their hosts. The white tails are actually made of wax. This strategy is possibly a ploy to fool birds and other predators who might mistake the extremely visible tails for the head. Found during a night hike in Iwokrama rainforest reserve, Guyana”.

Hello Daniel
Thank you very much for such prompt and helpful assistance!
Chuck McClaugherty

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Unknown Cost Rican Insect
Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
January 27, 2012 2:37 pm
Greetings
These two insects were observed on the bark of a huge tree (Terminalia) in the arboretum at LaSelva Biological station in the lowland rain forests of northeastern Costa Rica in late May 2006. They remained there most of one day but were gone (eaten, flew away?) the next morning. About 3 cm long as I recall
Signature: Chuck McClaugherty

Fulgorid Planthopper

Hi Chuck,
Two years ago, entomologist Piotr Naskrecki helped us identify this Fulgorid Planthopper as
Phrictus quinquepartitus.  There is a lovely drawing of it on FlickR.  Costa Rican tour company Taraba Tours calls it the Dragon Headed Bug. 

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Thames, North Island, New Zealand
January 21, 2012 1:17 am
Hi. I’ve been trying to search for images of an insect that is increasing in numbers in my vege garden, but so far I’ve been unable to identify it. Perhaps you could help, or point me to a place where I can browse through photos of insects. I think it is a moth, judging from the way it flies. I live in Thames, New Zealand. Thank you very much. (2 photos attached)
Signature: Dave Clingman

Passion Vine Hopper

Hi Dave,
Though it is moth-like, this insect is actually a Planthopper, probably a Passion Vine Hopper,
Scolypopa australis, which we identified on the Brisbane Insect Websitewhere it states:  “They are common in Brisbane bushes and gardens. When disturbed, they jumped away with a loud ‘click’ sound and disappeared in the air.  Many of them can be found resting on the same plant during early summer. They are consider as pest on passion vine and kiwifruit. It seems that besides those vine plants, they feed on many other plants as well.”  The smaller creatures in your second photo might be immature Passion Vine Hoppers.

Passion Vine Hopper

 

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ID needed for derbidae family hopper
Location: Lake Eacham, tablelands, far north qld, australia
January 9, 2012 10:07 pm
Taken near Lake Eacham, far north queensland. rainforest over xmas hols.
I have taken similar ones before (Lydda elongata (Fabricius)i think) but this has a large nose !
thanks in advance
Signature: Andy

Derbid Planthopper

Dear Andy,
Your Derbid Planthopper images are gorgeous and quite detailed.  We are posting this as an unidentified insect, and we hope to be able to eventually provide you with a genus or species identification. 

Derbid Planthopper

The closeup image is especially nice.

Derbid Planthopper

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Moth???
Location: Dominical, Costa Rica
December 1, 2011 10:20 pm
This moth was found (already dead) in Dominical, Costa Rica. Which is on the central pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Is that large head a part of the moth? Something its emerging from? It is smaller than the body though.
Anyway, have been curious what this was.
Thank your for any help and your time.
Signature: Lenee

Peanut Headed Bug

Dear Lenee,
This interesting creature is a Peanut Headed Bug,
Fulgora laternaria, and it is not a moth, but rather one of the Planthoppers.  It is also known as a Lanternfly, a name that originated because it was believed erroneously that this species could glow in the dark.  You may read about this species on the MSU website.

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Green bug on my passion flower plant
Location: Maharashtra, India
November 21, 2011 5:59 am
Saw this green and white striped bug on my passion flower plant. Cant see in the pic but it has red antennae. Its about an inch long.
Signature: Sukhie

Planthopper: Eurybrachis tomentosa

Dear Sukhie,
This is a Planthopper in the order Hemiptera, possibly in the family Fulgoridae, however, we were not able to find any matching images or an identification online in our brief attempt.  Planthoppers have sucking mouthparts and they feed off the juices found in plant stems, leaves and fruits.

Identification Courtesy of Karl
I believe this is a Eurybrachyid Planthopper (Fulgoroidea: Eurybrachyidae), a small Old World family of Planthoppers (according to Wikipedia). The India Nature Watch forum site has several pictures of what appears to be the same bug, identified as Eurybrachis tomentosa. Regards. Karl

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