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Subject: There are so many things happening here
Location: San Marco de los Santos, Costa Rica
January 31, 2016 9:55 pm
Hello! I was walking through the chilly mountain region of Los Santos, Costa Rica, and almost walked straight into this bug party happening on a branch of a tree in a city park.
I can identify the wasp, and up near the top there seems to a Blue Morpho cocoon, but what’s attacking the Morpho? And what are those robotic looking white guys? And the bright yellow guys?
The wasp wasn’t going anywhere, either. He looked almost as is he were chaperoning the bug party, and had no intention of flying off.
Signature: Abby

Treehoppers, Membracis mexicana, Adults and Nymphs

Treehoppers, Membracis mexicana, Adults and Nymphs

Dear Abby,
The insects in question, both the “robotic looking white guys” and the “bright yellow guys” are Treehoppers, and they are the same species.  The yellow individuals are the winged adults and the white individuals are the immature nymphs.  We identified the species as
 Membracis mexicana on FlickR.  We verified that ID on Arthropoda Mexicana where there are images of both nymphs and adults.  Encyclopedia of Life also has images of the adults.  We believe that you have mistaken a bud or pod on the plant for a Blue Morpho chrysalis, which is understandable because this image from pBase resembles what is on the plant.  The bud or pod is infested with Aphids.  We will also try to eventually provide a species of family identity of the wasp.

Treehoppers, Wasp and Aphids

Treehoppers, Wasp and Aphids

Thanks so much! :)
Looking again, a morpho cocoon wouldn’t hang like that, you’re right! I jumped to that since they’re so common here.
I’m going too look into the treehoppers a bit.
Thanks for the info!
Abby

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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
January 29, 2016 3:06 pm
Hi.
I was wondering if you could identify this little critter for me.
Photographed at the site of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an China in September. Approximately 3cm long, although it appears to have wings, it did not seem inclined to fly despite a prod.
Thanks
Signature: Graham Williams

Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Graham,
We have always used the common name White Cicada for this Fulgorid Planthopper,
Lycorma delicatula, but in researching this posting, we have learned on BugGuide that it was first reported as an invasive species in Pennsylvania in 2014 and that it is commonly called a Spotted Lanternfly.

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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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