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Subject: Bug
Location: Ecuador
January 20, 2016 2:26 am
Hi,
I found this bug in Ecuador a few years ago, and I just can’t seem to identify it! I’d really appreciate the help.
Thanks!
Signature: Aimee

Leafhopper

Leafhopper in the genus Aetalion

Dear Aimee,
This is some free-living Hemipteran, probably a Leafhopper, but we have not had any success finding a matching image online.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Karl provides and ID:  genus
Re: Leafhopper from Ecuador – January 20, 2016
Hi Daniel and Aimee:
It’s a wonderful photo of an Aetalionid Treehopper. The species is probably Aetalion reticulatum (Aetalionidae: Aetalioninae: Aetalionini).
Regards.  Karl
https://myrockytop.smugmug.com/FaunaandFlora

Thanks Karl,
We received a similar ID in a comment.

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Subject: Christmas Tree Bugs
Location: Fairfax, VA (but don’t know where tree came from)
January 16, 2016 8:29 am
Dear bugman,
Our Christmas tree began dropping sap onto the ground in several locations. We thought it was because it may have been shaped recently, but upon closer inspection found hundreds of these bugs underneath the ends of the branches. They are gray with dark gray spots. They don’t move quickly, nor seem to fly. They seem to be clustering together, feeding on the tree. Do you know what family of bugs we’ve invited into our home for the holidays?
Signature: Sincerely, Buggin Out

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Conifer Aphids

Dear Buggin Out,
You have Giant Conifer Aphids, a common occurrence on commercially grown Christmas Trees.

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Subject: Little teardrop shaped beetles?
Location: Baltimore, MD
January 10, 2016 4:59 pm
Hello.
I found three of these tiny critters crawling around on my floor today.
I am in Baltimore, Maryland. Never seen anything like them before, but three at once seemed like a potential problem. Thoughts?
Signature: -Paul

Giant Conifer Aphid

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Paul,
The most common way for Giant Conifer Aphids to enter the home is on the live Christmas Tree.

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Subject: Bug in Christmas tree
Location: Sacramento California
January 10, 2016 11:18 am
These bugs were at the top of our Christmas tree when we took it down. Didn’t see them anywhere else on the tree.
We bought the tree in the town of Camino in northern California.
Signature: Bill Shortridge

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Conifer Aphids

Dear Bill,
Most folks never notice Giant Conifer Aphids on the living Christmas Tree until the tree begins to dry out and the Aphids leave the branches in search of food.  Giant Conifer Aphids pose no threat to the home unless there are other potted conifers indoors.

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Subject: Bugs from Christmas tree
Location: NJ
January 8, 2016 8:46 am
After one month of a Christmas tree in our Sun room, hundred or so if these bugs started crawling all over. When squished, they squirt a deep red almost brown color. Not sure if they are nymph stage or what?
Signature: Cookie2896

Giant Conifer Aphid

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Cookie,
Live Christmas Trees are notorious for introducing insects to the home.  Your critters are Giant Conifer Aphids, and we have gotten numerous reports this year alone of Giant Conifer Aphids indoors.  Live Christmas Trees eventually begin to dry out, and as the food supply for these sap sucking insects diminishes, they set out in search of other conifers, which they are not very likely to find in the home.  Other than being a nuisance, they will not harm you, your pets or your home.

Thank you so much for your expeditious response. Glad to know they are not harmful, but that was probably our last live tree. Will resort to artificial in the future. Too bad because it really smelled nice! :-)

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Subject: What is it???
Location: Nj. Southern area
January 6, 2016 6:08 pm
They just came in areas where there was hardwood flooring. It seemed like all if a sudden. None found in our dogs bed or couches. None found in our carpets.
Signature: Linda in nj

Giant Conifer Aphid

Giant Conifer Aphid

Hi Linda,
Did you have a living Christmas Tree?  Many insects enter homes on Christmas Trees.  This looks like a Giant Conifer Aphid to us.  Compare your individual to this BugGuide image.

That’s the bug!!! Our Christmas tree is getting the boot immediately! Thank you so very much!!!!

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