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Subject: Tick or Cinara Aphid
Location: North Florida
December 21, 2015 1:20 pm
Hi bugman. We found these bugs in our Christmas tree. I looked them up online and they seem to be the Cinara Aphid – but I don’t know if that’s just wishful thinking. Can you tell me what this is?
Signature: Lucas

Giant Conifer Aphid

Giant Conifer Aphid

Happy Belated Holidays Lucas,
We have been away for the holidays and we did not read any WTB? emails while with family.  Your identification request was the last we read, but alas, we could not respond before catching a jet plane.  We are thrilled to find that you were able to self identify this sap sucking Aphid.
This is indeed a Giant Conifer Aphid in the genus
Cinara.
We will not be responding to any additional emails until tomorrow.

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Subject: Interesting Bugs
Location: Mexico, Guerrerero State
December 2, 2015 2:00 pm
Not sure what these guys are. But there’s lots of them.
Signature: JR

Treehopper Nymphs

Treehopper Nymphs

Dear JR,
We believe we have identified your Treehopper nymphs as
Membracis dorsata thanks to this image posted to FlickR.  It might be a different member of the genus, as Project Noah has a similar looking creature from Guatemala identified as Membracis mexicana.

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Subject: Numerous pests
Location: Mexico, Guerrerero State
December 2, 2015 2:03 pm
These seem to suck sap and shoot out a droplet of water every second or so. Not sure what they are but they keep the praying mantis busy.
Signature: JR

Sharpshooter: Oncometopia clarior

Sharpshooter: Oncometopia species

Dear JR,
This is a Leafhopper known as a Sharpshooter from the subfamily Cicadellinae, and it really resembles a North American species pictured on BugGuide,
Oncometopia alpha, except your individual has a green thorax.  We searched for relatives from Mexico and we found Oncometopia clarior on entomologist Daniela M. Takiya’s site.  The green wings on your individual haven’t quite the textural pattern, but it is similar enough for us to presume your individual is in the same genus.  Sharpshooters do indeed suck fluids from plants and they also release honeydew from their anal opening.

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Subject: Pink Assessin/long nosed bug
Location: Courtice , ontario
December 1, 2015 5:35 pm
Hello
It has been awhile since I asked for an ID . I am going over my summer pics of insects and I have a couple I would love identified . Location Courtice, Ontario. In a field near courtice arena.
One is a pink prickly looking bug the other a long nosed bug.
Signature: Terri Martin

Partridge Bug

Partridge Bug

Dear Terri,
We will deal with the Assassin Bug in a later posting.  Your long nosed Leafhopper in the family Dictyopharidae is a Partridge Bug,
Scolops sulcipes, a species we identified on BugGuide where it states:  “host: Convolvulus (bindweed, Convolvulaceae).”

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Subject: White pupae?
Location: Portsmouth, VA
November 13, 2015 9:20 am
Good morning from Tidewater area, Virginia.
I found these white pupaeish looking things on an ornamental bamboo plant outside the hospital parking garage. At first I thought they were bird poop but the clusters looked less planned.
Are they moths-in-training perhaps?
Signature: Dia from Chesapeake

Cottony Cushion Scale

Cottony Cushion Scale

Dear Dia,
These are Cottony Cushion Scale insects,
Icerya purchasi, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “The white fluted part of the insect is an egg sac that can contain up to 1000 eggs. The insect is hermaphroditic, producing sperm that can fertilize its own ova, but in an alternate reproductive strategy it can also make winged males that can fertilize the female part of other individuals.  When it first appeared in the w. US it was a major pest of Citrus crops. In CA, around 1889, it was an early success story for biological control by beneficial ladybird beetles (Rodolia cardinalis). (Full story) The control was so successful that in 1893 a Florida nurseryman asked for some of the beneficials to be sent to FL, to test as a control for other scale insects. The scale was included in the shipment as food for the beetles, and thus accidentally introduced to FL citrus.”

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Douglasville ga
November 10, 2015 2:15 pm
These bugs are all over a lily plant that is going dormant for the winter… They are mostly on the underside of the leaves?!?
Signature: Angela M

Aphids

Aphids

Dear Angela
Your plants are infested by Aphids.  Aphids are considered especially troublesome by gardeners as they feed by piercing the surface of the plant and then sucking fluids.  Aphids also reproduce without mating, and a female Aphid can give live birth to young.  The mature winged Aphids are generally both sexes and they can also reproduce by mating.

Aphids

Aphids

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