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Unknown Korean insect
Location: Seoul, Korea
June 27, 2011 9:13 pm
These insects became a huge infestation about 4 years ago in Seoul. Since then they have had a large yearly population in the city. They became bright red as they mature and then also grown wings. As juveniles, they are wingless, but able to jump hundreds of times their body length.
Signature: DaveT383

White Cicada Nymph

Hi DaveT383,
This immature Fulgorid Planthopper goes by the deceptive common name of White Cicada.  It is native to China, but in recent years it has invaded Korea where it has become established.  Here is an early What’s That Bug? posting that has some informative links.

White Cicada Nymph


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Bug in Nicaragua
Location: Southwest Coastal Nicaragua
June 24, 2011 6:10 pm
I would love to know what this is.
Signature: Bugman

Peanut Headed Bug

We really love this insect and the superstitions that surround it.  It is a Lanternfly, Fulgora laternaria, and it is commonly called a Peanut Headed Bug or Alligator Bug.  Here is what the Virtual Rainforest Website has to say:  “This weird looking creature is an insect, in the family Fulgoridae of the order Homoptera. The Fulgorids all have enlarged foreheads, but it is most remarkable in the peanut-head, so named because its head looks like an unshelled peanut. It grows to about three inches (8 cm) long.  The peanut-head can’t bite. Its mouth is like a straw, so all it can do is suck juices from plants. That’s why it needs a lot fancy defenses to scare away predators, like it’s strange head.  Scientists think that the head is supposed to imitate a lizard’s head, and animals that don’t eat lizards are scared away. It is part of a complex anti-predator scheme the bug uses. The peanut-head has large red and black spots on its underwings that look like large eyes when the bug spreads its wings. If these don’t scare away predators, the bug releases a skunk-like spray. In the rainforest there are so many things that want to eat the peanut-head that it needs a lot of defenses.”  Here is a previous posting from our archives where we discuss some of the lore surrounding this interesting insect which is known as a Machaca in South America.  Though we generally refrain from citing Wikipedia, we cannot resist perpetuating this fascinating myth:  “In several countries, such as Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, there exists the myth that if somebody is bitten by the machaca, he or she must have sex within 24 hours to prevent an otherwise incurable death. The popular belief in Bolivia (Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is that it is a dangerous insect dependant on its wing colours but the insect is actually harmless to people.”

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here’sa nother odd one
Location: cordova, tennessee
June 24, 2011 11:19 pm
the first 2 images are from an insect found on rattle snake master plant.
Signature: mavis

Speckled Sharpshooter

Hi again Mavis,
This is another Sharpshooter, and this one has a common name.  It is the Speckled Sharpshooter,
Paraulacizes irrorata, and as usual, we turned to BugGuide for the identification.

i thank you again. i have been using bug guide, but since i am somewhat of a novice, unless i can nail down the correct order, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. slowly, but surely i will learn more.

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name that bug!
Location: cordova, tennessee
June 24, 2011 11:02 pm
any ideas. might the one be a type of tortoise beetle (?)
i have no idea about the green and orange one (about 1cm length)
Signature: mavis


Hi Mavis,
Your green and orange insect is a Leafhopper in the group known as the Sharpshooters, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
Graphocephala versuta on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, this species sucks the juices from “leaves of blackberry, grape, honeysuckle, privet (Ligustrum spp.), cherry and various other deciduous trees.”  This remark may also be significant:  “Some individuals may be vectors of the bacterium (Xylella fastidiosa) that causes Pierce’s Disease in grapes, and Bacterial Leaf Scorch in a variety of deciduous trees.”  The creature in your other photo is not something that we recognize.

you are absolutely right and i thank you. i have been documenting the bugs/spiders… that i find in my yard in a 5 day bio blitz. it has been most interesting.

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Flatid bug
Location: Unknown- possibly Central America
June 17, 2011 5:21 am
I’m currently updating our small Hemiptera collection at Manchester Museum. This specimen came with no label. I’ve searched for visual information online but have found nothing save for a plate in Biologia Centrali America which shows an illustration of a similar looking species. The plate can be found here (no. 17)
The Biologia Centrali-America lists the species as Flata conspersa (its modern name seems to be Doria conspersa), however I can find no more information on this insect, and was hoping I could get a second opinion. Is it a Doria?
Many Thanks,
Signature: Gina Allnatt, Curatorial Trainee at Manchester Museum

Flatid Planthopper

Goodness Gina,
You probably have better credentials than we have.  We’re just visual artists with a little extra time on our hands and we have no formal entomological or even naturally scientific training.  Based on our visual observations compared
the gorgeous old illustration in the image in the link you provided, we believe you have nailed this identification as Flata conspersa, the genus which has obviously undergone more recent taxonomic revision.  We would suggest that you log onto our posting and supply a comment.  In the future, should an expert in Flatids write to us, that person may be able to confirm this identification and you will automatically be notified.

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Bug on my Gay Butterflies
Location: Central Texas
June 1, 2011 7:22 pm
I went out to water our flowers this evening and noticed these bugs on my Gay Butterflies. As you can see from the attached photo, there are plenty of them. I have not been able to identify them from my searches and would like to identify if they are harmful to our flowers or if they will be okay to leave alone. The bugs have 6 legs, 2 antlers/feelers, and what looks like two feelers or antlers on their back behind their back legs. We have a lot of lowers in the flower bed (26 to be exact) and the gay butterflies are the only thing that seems to attract these critters.
Signature: Derrick

Milkweed Aphids

Hi Derrick,
You definitely have Aphids, and we have never heard of a plant called a Gay Butterfly, but it appears to be a milkweed, which would be strong evidence that your Aphids are Milkweed Aphids,
Aphis asclepiadis.  They do match the images posted to BugGuide.  Using pesticides may compromise the butterflies you are hoping will be attracted by the plant.  We would suggest a strong spray of water from the hose to remove the Milkweed Aphids.

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