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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 16, 2014 3:56 pm
Found this cute little guy hitching a ride on my car in Ft. Lauderdale on May 16.
Signature: Cynthia

Thornhopper

Thorn Treehopper

Hi Cynthia,
This is a male Thorn Treehopper,
Umbonia crassicornis.  You can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.  We have many images on our site of Thorn Treehoppers, however, your individual is quite distinctive.  There is considerable variation in coloring, markings and the development of the “thorn” in this species.  BugGuide has examples of some of the variations.

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Subject: From my garden in Southern California
Location: Upland, California
April 15, 2014 10:13 pm
Hi,
I just found these critters on my kale in the garden! I have sprayed horticultural oil once a week for the last couple of weeks but may not have been as diligent in the kale (I am ashamed to admit now!). I am thinking these may be aphids but the color is throwing me off a bit. I guess it could be because they are attacking my green kale plants?
Thanks in advance for your reply!
Wondering in SoCal
Signature: Wondering in SoCal

Aphids

Aphids

Dear Wondering in SoCal,
You are correct that these are Aphids.  By the looks of the young ones, they are reproducing.  You can try hitting them with the strong jet from a hose.  Kale is a sturdy plant that can take the water pressure.

Thank you!  I have made a concoction of tomato leaves and dawn dish detergent to spray, do you think I should use that?  I will also use the hose!
Brooke Meyers

That might work.  We have heard of an organic remedy that involves soaking some cigarette butts in water as the nicotine is effective in controlling some plant pests that suck fluids, like Aphids.

Yea I saw that one too but I would have to touch cigarette butts and those are as disgusting as the aphids!  :)

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Subject: Unidentified reed insect
Location: Gifberg, South Africa (S 31.77 E 18.76)
April 1, 2014 2:41 pm
Dear bugman
I found this insect North of the Cederberg, in South Africa. It jumped into the open 4×4 truck window from some tall grasses/reeds we were driving through. It seemed capable of jumping, although its legs seem incapable of this feat. Any idea what it may be? I am from South Africa but never saw something like this before. Length was approx 20mm.
Signature: Francois

What's That Bug???

What’s That Bug???

Dear Francois,
This has to be one of the most unusual creatures we have ever been asked to identify, and we really don’t know where to begin regarding its classification, except that it is a Hexapod.  We haven’t the time to research this at this moment, so we are posting your photos and we will attempt the identification later today.  Perhaps our readership will take a stab at this while we are away from the office.

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What’s That Bug???

Karl Identifies Leafhopper
Hi Daniel and Francois:
Given the submission date Daniel, it crossed my mind that you were perhaps being pranked with this one. However, it turns out to be a Restio Leafhopper (Family Cicadellidae: Subfamily Ulopinae: Tribe Cephalelini). These leafhoppers are native to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and the common name derives from the fact that all South African members of the Cephalelini are associated exclusively with the Restionaceae plant family. South Africa has 23 species of Restio Leafhoppers in four genera, 18 of which belong to the genus Cephalelus (so odds are that this is one). All the photos I was able to find showed winged individuals so I expect that this one is a juvenile. If you want to know how such a short-legged beast was able to jump into your truck you could check out this site (stop-action photos and description of Cephalelus in action). Regards. Karl

Eric Eaton Identifies Fulgorid Planthopper
Daniel:
Some kind of fulgoroid.  Will have to get back to you later with a more specific answer as I’ll have to look it up and/or query a colleague.
Eric

Update:  Restio Leafhopper
Ariella wrote today in a comment that this is a Restio Leafhopper,
Cephalelus uncinatus, a species pictured on ISpot.

Update from Chris Dietrich
It’s a nymph of the leafhopper (Cicadellidae) genus Cephalelus, which belongs to a tribe that is disjunct in South Africa and Australia.  They feed only on Restionaceae.
-Chris

 

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Subject: Tiny black insects on flower bud
Location: Stockton, CA
March 26, 2014 1:01 pm
It started raining recently, and I just noticed these small black bugs on a flower bud sprouting from the succulent plant on my balcony. I included a close-up and a shot from farther back for size perspective. They don’t seem to move much, and they appear to be less than 1 mm in length. They’re kinda cool looking. What are they??
Signature: Bug-Curious

Black Aphids

Black Aphids

Dear Bug-Curious,
You have Aphids and they feed by sucking the nutritious fluids from plants, so though they look cool, they are injurious to your plant.  There is a similar photo on Succulents and More.

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Subject: White bugs on heavenly bamboo
Location: Sacramento
March 25, 2014 12:14 pm
These creatures are all over my heavenly bamboo, particularly on the top third of the branches. They hang out on the underside–they appear to be hanging on by legs and a mouth, but my mom thinks they are a chrysalis. The front of them is a brown or maybe an orange/black. We picked a few off thinking they were a pest before thinking maybe they’re good bugs–what are they? It’s an unseasonably warm/dry spring in Sacramento, CA.
Signature: Danielle

Cottony Cushion Scale

Cottony Cushion Scale

Dear Danielle,
You have an infestation of Cottony Cushion Scale, a pest species from Australia that has become established in North America where it is a significant crop pest.  According to BugGuide:  “The white fluted part of the insect is an egg sac that can contain up to 1000 eggs. The insect is hermaphroditic, producing sperm that can fertilize its own ova, but in an alternate reproductive strategy it can also make winged males that can fertilize the female part of other individuals.
When it first appeared in the w. US it was a major pest of Citrus crops. In CA, around 1889, it was an early success story for biological control by beneficial ladybird beetles (Rodolia cardinalis). (Full story) The control was so successful that in 1893 a Florida nurseryman asked for some of the beneficials to be sent to FL, to test as a control for other scale insects. The scale was included in the shipment as food for the beetles, and thus accidentally introduced to FL citrus.

Cottony Cushion Scale

Cottony Cushion Scale

Thank you so much! 1000 eggs! Really? Eeek–I’m not a “bug man”–my skin is crawling. I appreciate the info.

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Subject: Strange bug in Laos
Location: Vientiane Laos
March 24, 2014 9:21 pm
Hi…I just want to know what this bug is and can I safely pick it up?
Signature: Mike Andreas

Lanternfly

Lanternfly

Dear Mike,
This Lanternfly,
Pyrops candelaria, is perfectly harmless and it may be handled without fear.

Thanks so much! I’d never seen anything like this here before. A friend who spent their life here in Laos never has either. Very lucky!

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