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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.
Thanks,
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

Aphid

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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Subject: House insect pest out of nowhere!!
Location: East Tennessee
December 9, 2012 4:18 pm
I came home after a weekend and these were everywhere. They’re like ticks with longer legs and easy to squish. Help me get rid of these please!!!!
Signature: Adam

Aphid

Hi Adam,
Our guess is that these Aphids came in on the Christmas Tree.

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Subject: Unidentified insect – white w/ black dots, wings
Location: Port Arthur, TX
November 29, 2012 10:29 pm
Hello!
Every day I take several trips to my backyard to check the pool for any insects or spiders that may have fallen in. Today (11-29-2012) I found this little insect which is one I have never seen before. I’ve tried doing a bit of investigating on my own, but this has me stumped.
Signature: Casey B

Giant Bark Aphid

Hi Casey,
According to BugGuide, the Giant Bark Aphid,
Longistigma caryae, 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.”  The host trees, according to BugGuide, are:  “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.”

Giant Bark Aphid

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Subject: Daniel – More Bugs on Mexican Milkweed
Location: Hawthorne, CA
November 29, 2012 11:42 am
I know this photo is blurry, but I found these eggs on the back of one of the Mexican Milkweed leaves the other morning. There were three or four of those little gray bugs there at the same time. All but one left before I got the camera out and focused(?). Any idea what they are?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Hemipteran Hatchling

Hi Anna,
The insect in the lower left corner appears to belong to the order Hemiptera which includes True Bugs as well as Hoppers.  Hatchlings are often quite difficult to identify to the species level.  This critter looks to us to be one of the Hoppers, though we cannot be certain.

Hi Daniel,
That’s what I was afraid of.  Oh, well.  Guess we have to take some of the bad along with the good, eh?
Anna

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