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Subject: *insert bug type here*
Location: South Africa, NorthWest, Rustenburg, Proteapark
February 2, 2014 5:37 am
Hello .
This bug has caused quite a lot of arguments whether it’s a beetle or moth or whatever.
If you could please take a look:
The insect was found in our garden. It is roughly 1cm in length. When you come close or put another object close to it, it leaps/ jumps/ flies about half a meter up and 1 meter away (the action is more of jumping forward and gliding away as it does extend it’s wings but does not flap them or hover with them).
When it was caught, it spread it’s wings out (image 2) and stood like that for quite a long while until eventually it closed it’s wings again and started walking around in the container.
Signature: Thank you, Rhodeen.

Planthopper

Mottled Avocado Bug

Hi Rhodeen,
This is neither a moth nor a beetle.  It is a Planthopper in the order Hemiptera, a group of insects that have mouths designed for piercing and sucking, and which includes the True Bugs.  The first matching image we located is on South African Photographs, and it is identified as
Parapioxys jucundus in the family Eurybrachidae.  Nature’s World of Wonder does provide the common name Moth Bug.  According to the Google Books link to Tropical Fruit Pests and Pollinators, it is the Mottled Avocado Bug and “both adults and nymphs of P. jucundus feed on avocado and macadamia.  This species is probably a phloem feeder.”

Mottled Avocado Bug

Mottled Avocado Bug

Wow! Thank you for replying so fast! We do have an avocado tree that we just recently planted so that’s probably why we’re only seeing it now. Thank you so much for the identification. Fantastic work!
Have a wonderful week!
Kind regards, Rhodeen.

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Subject: bug with feelers
Location: Pretoria, South Africa.
January 25, 2014 9:37 am
Ni am wondering if you can identify this little bug for me. He was on our table at a restaurant in Pretoria, South Africa and is very small
Signature: Dianne

Planthopper Nymph

Planthopper Nymph

Hi Dianne,
This is some species of Planthopper nymph, and there are many similar looking nymphs on the Brisbane Insect website.

Planthopper Nymph

Planthopper Nymph

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Subject: long horn ball bearer
Location: Guamal, Meta, Colombia, South America
January 7, 2014 12:33 pm
Greetings Bugman! im incredibly pleased to have found one of these again and this time with macro gear at hand. This critter was in the the eastern Llanos (plains) of Colombia in early January . It is about 1 cm in size. I had seen one of these in another part of Colombia a few years back but only had a normal lens with me. At the time i had no idea what i was looking at before it flew (or leapt) off! I can’t find any pictures of a similar specimen anywhere although it must be a close relative to Bocydium globulare. what are the odds of this being a new species? Thank you!
Signature: Nelson O Saarni

Treehopper

Ant-Mimic Treehopper

Hi Nelson,
This is an amazing looking Treehopper.  Many species of Treehoppers have projections that resemble thorns.  We will try to research the species tomorrow.

Treehopper

Ant-Mimic Treehopper

Update:  The more we look at these photos, the more we are struck by the resemblance to an Ant that the projections have.  Ants are symbiotic with many honeydew producing Hemipterans as evidenced by this FlickeR posting.  We pursued that idea in the web search and we discovered this Ant Mimic Treehopper, Cyphonia clavata, on FlickR.  We verified the name of the Insect Museum website as well as on the Fauna of Paraguay website.  Perhaps being able to mimic an unpalatable Ant helps to protect the more tasty Treehopper.

 

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Subject: Christmas Tree bugs
Location: Mid Michigan
January 2, 2014 4:53 pm
I think I saw what looks like the bugs in my house from my Christmas tree but I could not see where it said how to get rid of them. Right now, I am only seeing the bugs around my windows, all around my windows and every window in my house including the second level in my house. The majority of them are on the window by the tree, which is a black spruce tree.
Will they go away once the tree is removed? Do they bite? I have a dog, will they attach her?
Should I dispose of my tree skirt. What is the best way to get rid of them in my house? I didn’t notice them until I had all the bulbs off the tree and put away.. Could they be on my bulbs and do I need to get them all out again? I am freaking out a little from these ugly things and need to get rid of them asap! Thank you for your help and recommendations.
Signature: Peggy

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Conifer Aphids

Dear Peggy,
We just posted a lengthy description of Giant Conifer Aphids, which we believe you have based on the details we are able to make out in your blurry photo.

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Subject: Christmas tree bug
Location: London uk
January 2, 2014 11:00 am
Hi Bugman
My mother in law took this photo of some bugs that hatched from a Nordman Fir Xmas tree. Lots of em, quite small – see the fir tree leaf for scale. Any ideas and should she be worried ( she let them go in the garden).
Thanks
Signature: Adrian Hoole

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Conifer Aphids

Hi Adrian,
According to BugGuide:  “If it’s big, and on a conifer, it’s probably
Cinara. To identify further, it’s usually necessary to identify the host plant, and consider the geographic range of different species.”  Cinara is a genus with members commonly called the Giant Conifer Aphids.  It is a rare year that doesn’t arrive with someone wondering about the Giant Conifer Aphids that have been living on the tree since before Christmas and not discovered until it is time to take the dry tree out.  If there are any conifers living in the area and the weather isn’t freezing, we would not discount the possibility of Giant Conifer Aphids being spread to distant locations thanks to Christmas trees.  BugGuide also notes:  “Tends to form colonies on individual trees. They secrete honeydew, which is eaten by ants and wasps and provides the substrate for sooty mold fungus. May cause some stunting or even death on small or already-stressed hosts, but generally not a serious threat.
They are, however, a problem for Christmas tree growers: customers don’t like large, conspicuous aphids in their homes, especially since they tend to abandon the tree as it starts to dry out.”

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Subject: Pyramid Head
Location: Central Coast, Australia
December 30, 2013 5:25 am
Hey, I found this bug on the side of my house and (obviously) have no idea what its is
I dubbed it pyramid head, named after the monster from silent hill.
thank you in advance.
Signature: Amber

Leafhopper

Leafhopper

Dear Amber,
While we have not been able to quickly find a conclusive species match for your Free Living Hemipteran, we are relatively confident that it is a Leafhopper in the family Cicadellidae, and probably a Flatheaded Leafhopper in the subfamily Ledrinae.  The Brisbane Insect website has a few photos of immature specimens that bear a resemblance to your insect.  PaDIL, the Pests and Diseases Image Library has a page on the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter and other native insects is can be confused with, and though many of those look similar, none seems to be an exact match either.  We continued to search and then we discovered the World’s Largest Leafhopper,
Ledromorpha planirostris, back on the Brisbane Insect website, and we are relatively confident that is your species.  We don’t understand how we missed it the first pass we made on the Brisbane Insect website.

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