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Subject: Costa Rica Bug
Location: Limón Province, Costa Rica
May 9, 2016 6:53 pm
I watched this insect lay her eggs and then seal the nest with some sealant she excreted from her abdomen. I’ll include the three photo of her and her nest, her laying an egg, and her sealing up the chambers. Do you know what her name is?
Signature: sarah

Fulgorid Planthopper laying Eggs

Fulgorid Planthopper laying Eggs

Dear Sarah,
We really love your images of a Planthopper in the family Fulgoridae laying eggs.  We quickly identified her as
Copidocephala guttata on FlickR, and then we found a similar egg laying image on Neotropical Arthropods.  There is another nice image on Kunzweb Gallery.  Many Planthoppers secrete a waxy substance, and we speculate that you witnessed that secretion.  According to an online article entitled Trophobiosis between a Blattellid Cockroach (Macrophyllodromia spp.) and Fulgorids (Enchophora and Copidocephala spp.) in Costa Rica:  “Copidocephala guttata (White) occurs in Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama (O’Brien 1988).  Many fulgorids produce large amounts of waxes and in a few species these materials have been chemically analyzed.  Their biological role is essentially unknown, except that ‘ … one of the apparent functions of these waxy, plume-like tails is protection against predators and parasites’ (Mason et al., 1989).”

Fulgorid Planthopper laying Eggs

Fulgorid Planthopper laying Eggs

Oh, thanks so much for your reply. There were numerous Facebook people asking, and one of them reminded me of your site. I think I used you once before for a similar type of bug with that wild waxy adornment to her abdomen. Totally forgot that.
I hope you will feel free to use my photos on your site for others to use for ID.
Weren’t those amazing captures? And with an iPhone no less.
The small things in life are the most amazing.
Warm regards,
Sarah Morgan
Punta Uva, Limón, Costa Rica

 

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Subject: insecten
Location: in de tuin in nederland
May 4, 2016 11:38 am
de Bugman
Ik stuur u een foto van een insect waarvan ik niet weet wat het is
Signature: Marinus

Aphid

Aphid

Dear Marinus,
This is an Aphid.  Aphids are generally considered garden pests because they suck nourishment from plants.

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Subject: Strang bug on a leaf.
Location: Southern California, LA County
May 4, 2016 4:18 pm
So I first noticed this guy a couple months ago on the leaf of my plant. I’m super curious as to what it is. Every time I go check it out it’s always in the same spot, it never moves from there and it even tries to hide from me when I try to get a look at him. It’s so strange, it’s gotten a little bigger since the first time I noticed it and now there is a second one! What is it? I hope you guys can help out. I plan on just leaving them there I’m not a fan of killing anything. I’m just curious.
Signature: Andy

Immature Leafhoppers

Immature Leafhoppers

Dear Andy,
These are immature Leafhoppers in the family Cicadellidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  Leafhoppers have mouths designed to pierce the outer walls of plants so they can suck nutritious fluids from the plants.  They are not considered beneficial insects in the garden.

Immature Leafhopper

Immature Leafhopper

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Subject: Soft but spiny
Location: Austin, Texas
April 28, 2016 4:56 pm
This little guy was found eating sunflower seedlings. I have never seen anything like it! Is it adult or a nymph? Please help identify! Thank you!
Signature: MK Pope

Treehopper Nymph

Treehopper Nymph

Dear MK Pope,
This is a Treehopper Nymph from the family Membracidae, but our quick search did not produce a species match.  You can try browsing BugGuide for a species identity.

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Subject: These aren’t salamanders!
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
April 25, 2016 9:32 am
Hi BugMan,
I was recently on a salamander hunt in an urban forest environment when I came across the following nest under a rock. I leaned in close and was surprised to see that the round white ones had legs (and antennae) and were not just larvae as I had thought. I’ve included two photos: the first being the overall view of the hole beneath the rock and the second a closer view of the larvae (?).
We’ve had some issues in the recent past in the Halifax region in Nova Scotia with fire ants creeping up and I thought I may have come across one of their nests while in the woods (“woods” used very loosely as I can see houses if I squint and hear the highway in close proximity). After spending awhile searching through the life cycles of various ant types, I then wondered if perhaps I had happened across ants feeding upon the larvae of another insect. I’m hoping you’re able to clear up my my confusion, but in the meantime I’ll keep searching – maybe the actual paper insect ID book might be helpful.
If it makes any difference, the area where I found the nest is a few metres away from a small area of wetland and we have had a relatively mild winter so there was not a lot of snow melt.
Signature: NatureGirl

Citronella Ants tend Root Aphids

Citronella Ants tend Root Aphids

Dear NatureGirl,
You have happened across Ants, but instead of “feeding upon the larvae of another insect” they are harvesting honeydew from Aphids.  We did not recognize either your yellow ants or the white Aphids, so we searched on the web and quickly found the Cornell blog New York State IPM Program and a posting of Citronella Ants caring for or tending Root Aphids.  The site states:  “The life and habits of citronella ants aren’t well-studied, but they do have one fascinating trait. They tend herds of underground aphids, known as root aphids as if they were cattle, and harvesting sweet honeydew excreted by the sap-loving aphids. Root aphids feed on the roots of shrubs and plants.”  Additional images and information can be found on Wild About Ants, Scientific American and BugGuide.  

Citronella Ants tend Root Aphids

Citronella Ants tend Root Aphids

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Subject: Small brown bug
Location: Dallas, tx
April 10, 2016 7:24 pm
We found this bug in our house and are stumped. What is it?
Signature: Greg

Treehopper

Treehopper

Dear Greg,
This is a Treehopper in the family Membracidae, and we believe, based on BugGuide images, that it is in the genus
Cyrtolobus.

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