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Subject: Giant snowball mealy bug
Location: Mount Cotton Qld 4165
October 31, 2015 7:08 pm
Just read something about mealy bug on this site and thought I’d share a different coloured one I found on my Leptospermum
Signature: Glen Beard

Snowball Large Mealybug

Snowball Large Mealybug

Dear Glen,
Thanks so much for providing a new image of the Snowball Large Mealybug in the genus
Monophlebulus.  It surely is much larger and more colorful than the Mealybugs we have in North America, which is why we were stumped the first time we received a submission.

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Subject: Identify
Location: 95076 LaSelva Beach, CA
October 23, 2015 9:25 am
Found quite a few of these on a tree in the front yard. I tbink they are hurting the tree. How to get rjd of them and what kind of bug is it?
Signature: Bev

Torpedo Bug

Torpedo Bug

Dear Bev,
This is an introduced Torpedo Bug,
Siphanta acuta, a species native to Australia.  According to BugGuide:  “not considered a pest in CA; considered a pest of banana, citrus, coffee, guava, macadamia, and many ornamentals in HI.”

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Subject: Whats this bug?
Location: Hillsboro, MO
October 21, 2015 2:58 pm
I was feeding my
Cows and after i was done i went to sit down on the fourwheeler and then saw this bug land on it dont know what it is please help?!
Signature: I dont know this question?

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Giant Bark Aphid

Giant Bark Aphid

We really do try to respond to as many requests as possible.  Thanks for resubmitting your image.  This is a Giant Bark Aphid,  Longistigma caryae, which you can find pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “This 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. They are brown with black markings (giving them somewhat of a mottled appearance) and have short, black cornicles. When alive they are often partially covered with a bluish white, waxy secretion. ” BugGuide also notes that host plants include:  “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. ”

Wow thankyou so much! And sorry about the rush. Awrsome website thankyou for the help

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Subject: Unique bug
Location: City park of Iron Mountain Michigan
October 23, 2015 9:19 pm
I was at the park with my son, a tiny little bug landed on me. I have never seen this type before, I tried to find out what it is but am having no luck. I am hoping this site will help me find my answer. It’s getting to the end of fall.
Signature: Amanda

Woolly Aphid

Woolly Aphid

Dear Amanda,
Your insect is a Woolly Aphid in the subfamily Eriosomatinae, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Nearly all members of this subfamily alternate between host plants, generally with a woody primary host (on which overwintering eggs are laid, and on which some species induce galls) and an herbaceous secondary host.”

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Subject: Yellow mites? Bugs? What are they?
Location: Northern IL – October
October 18, 2015 7:03 pm
Greetings!
While doing some fall cleanup today, I came across these interesting critters. We have a swamp milkweed plant in the yard (which has done a fine job attracting the butterflies – many monarchs this summer – yay!). I was cutting back the stalks of the milkweed and at the base of one of those stalks, I found this interesting collection of… something. At first I thought it was a fungus or mold, but then realized they had legs and were moving! They are a beautiful color – just wondering what they are? We are in northern Illinois.
Thanks for any help you can provide!
Signature: JP

Milkweed Aphids

Milkweed Aphids

Dear JP,
You have Milkweed Aphids,
Aphis nerii, and according to BugGuide it is:  “native to the Mediterranean, now cosmopolitan. Introduced along with its host plant, oleander. It has spread beyond the geographic distribution of this plant to the entire US and Canada.”  Aphids are not considered beneficial insects as they suck the juices from plants while feeding.

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Subject: It’s watching me!
Location: San Diego, CA
October 3, 2015 10:57 am
We have these flying insects eating our plants in the garden. They are very fast and observant of you trying to get near it.
Signature: Dashboardkat

Sharpshooter

Sharpshooter

Dear Dashboardkat,
We believe your Leafhopper is a Sharpshooter in the tribe Proconiini based on images posted to BugGuide.  Sharpshooters have excellent eyesight and they easily avoid humans by quickly moving to the other side of a twig or branch where they are feeding.

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