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Subject: Weird small insect
Location: San Diego, CA
June 4, 2016 2:56 pm
This is my second time seeing one of these small insects. Both times I have found the bug positioned in the same way on the stem of a plant. The face resembles that of a leafhopper.
Signature: Elijah Otto

Spittlebug

Spittlebug

Dear Elijah,
This is an adult Spittlebug in the genus
Clastoptera, based on images posted to BugGuide.  We believe it looks most like Clastoptera lineatocollis based on this BugGuide image, but we would not rule out that it might be Clastoptera siskiyou based on this BugGuide image.  Spittlebugs are so called because the immature nymphs often feed by sucking on the fluids of plants while excreting a frothy protection that resembles spittle.  According to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program site:  “Spittlebugs suck plant juices. Heavy infestations distort plant tissue and slow plant growth. The obvious and occasionally abundant masses of white foam on cones, foliage, or stems may be annoying, but the spittlebugs do not seriously harm established woody plants.”  We will be postdating this submission to go live to our site during our brief absence next week.

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Subject: Bugs in Slime
Location: Delaware Ohio
June 7, 2016 6:33 pm
I would like to know if these little things are harmful or helpful. I’m guessing the first…and if so…how do I get rid of them?! They are in my red twig dogwood shrub, hidden in snotty white slime. Yuck. The close up of the bug is on a weed I pulled and used to dig through the snot. The picture of the bush shows the snot with bugs in it.
Signature: ready2kill

Spittlebug Spittle

Spittlebug Spittle

Dear ready2kill,
These free-living Hemipterans are known as Froghoppers or Spittlebugs.  The immature nymphs secrete a frothy substance that acts as protection while they are feeding by sucking juices from plants, so they are not considered beneficial insects.

Spittlebug

Spittlebug

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Subject: Bug on hibiscus
Location: Plant city, fl
May 25, 2016 6:44 am
I saw this bug on a winter hibiscus flower. Please help identify.
Signature: Jackke

Weevil and Aphids

Weevil and Aphids

Dear Jackke,
The larger insect in your image is a Weevil, and there are numerous smaller Aphids visible as well.

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Subject: Sudan Africa bug
Location: South Sudan
May 16, 2016 9:47 am
Hi bugman –
We are trying to identify this bug. It was found last week in Werkok Sudan. Werkok is in South Sudan close to Bor. It is approximately 1.5″ long.
Signature: PCC

Fulgorid Planthopper

Fulgorid Planthopper

Dear PCC,
This is a Planthopper in the family Fulgoridae, sometimes called Lanternflies.  Your individual looks similar to this individual from Malawi posted to Beetles of Africa.

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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Southwesr kansas.
May 18, 2016 4:51 pm
Found about 6 or 7 of these on my sweatshirt when was cutting branches off tree. Not sure what they are.
Signature: Chaz

Giant Willow Aphid

Giant Willow Aphid

Dear Chaz,
Were you by chance pruning a willow or a cottonwood tree?  This is a Giant Willow Aphid,
Tuberolachnus salignus, a species that according to BugGuide is:  “Non native, introduced from Europe around 1872. Considered a minor pest.”

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Subject: Please help identify
Location: Feilding New Zealand
May 15, 2016 9:58 pm
I found quite a few of these crawling around on my outdoor table and occasionally on me. Just want to know what they are and if they are a known pest or harmless.
Signature: Narelle

Giant Willow Aphid

Giant Willow Aphid

Dear Narelle,
We believe we have correctly identified this Aphid as a Giant Willow Aphid,
Tuberolachnus salignus, a species that according to Farm Forestry New Zealand:  ” was first found in New Zealand on 23 Dec 2013 at Western Springs Park, Auckland by entomologist Stephen Thorpe. Surprisingly, subsequent surveys have revealed that it is already well established throughout much of New Zealand.”  The site also states:  “Large dense colonies of the giant willow aphid form over summer. Reproduction occurs asexually with no males having ever been found, thus the aphids in these colonies are typically clones. The aphids are noted to be long lived, with winged individuals in particular displaying lengthy maternal care of their offspring. In Great Britain colonies are apparent from mid-summer into late winter, after which the aphids curiously disappear in spring. We may expect to see a similar trend in New Zealand with T. salignus present between December and July.”  More information on the Giant Willow Aphid can be found on the Study of Northern Virginia Ecology site.

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