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Subject: weird bug in Virginia
Location: Southwest Virginia, on the border of Smyth & Wythe counties
June 4, 2015 12:46 pm
Bugman, I was sitting on a chair in the yard of our farmland in southwest Virginia when I noticed this bug on my knee. He moved slooooowly and his feet were really stuck to my pants. I’ve never seen this kind of bug before. What is it?
Signature: Lilli, not like the flower

Treehopper

Treehopper

Dear Lilli,
This is some species of Treehopper in the family Membracidae, and many members have spinelike or leaflike protuberances on their dorsal surfaces that help to camouflage them when they are feeding on plants.  The closest match we could find on BugGuide is this image of
Helonica excelsa.

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Subject: What are these?
Location: Washington, DC
May 18, 2015 5:39 pm
Today, 05/18/05, I took this picture on a tree in Washington, DC. I thought they were spiders at first, and then I noticed that a couple have wings! I’ve done a ton of internet research and I can’t find anything like them. Please help!
Signature: ?

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Bark Aphids

These are Giant Bark Aphids, Longistigma caryae, the largest Aphids in North America.

Oh my god, thank you SO much!!!  They sure are! :)

As an unrelated aside, we learned this morning while watching CNN that the popular internet initials OMG have another meaning.  The report on the Waco, Texas melee refers to the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as OMG.

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Subject: Bugs on my fig tree
Location: Irvine (Southern California)
May 15, 2015 7:07 pm
Hi! In the last month I’ve discovered these little gray bugs on my fig tree & succulents nearby. They are quick, and hide so as to not to be seen. They squirt a liquid out at you, it seems…or maybe they just happen to when I’m observing them. Now I see that some of them have started molting. They look like a cool aquatic creature and I’m very curious as to what they are!
Signature: Alicia

Sharpshooter Nymph

Sharpshooter Nymph

Hi Alicia,
This is the nymph of a Sharpshooter, a Leafhopper in the subfamily Cicadellinae, but we are unable to provide you with a species identification.  Perhaps if you get any images of a winged adult Sharpshooter once it matures, we will have better luck.

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Subject: Chromatic Bug and white bugwith strange wings
Location: Ecuador, cloud forest
April 21, 2015 10:14 am
Mr. Bugman
I’m a photographer from Ecuador South America, I love taking nature pics in remote places in my country, since a couple years back I benn exploring the field of macro photography, and on a travel I found this bug that I couldn’t identify, the picture isn’t much clear, the insect was to fast to take a better pic.
I’m also sending you a pic of another bug that I never seen before, the picture quality is a little bit better.
hope you can help me out
Signature: Charly

Leafhopper

Leafhopper

Dear Charly,
The “chromatic bug” is a Leafhopper or Sharpshooter in the family Cicadellidae, and though we located a matching image on FlickR, it is not identified to the species level.  An image on American Insects is identified as being in the genus
Beirneola.  Your white winged insect is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject: Good or Bad Plant Bug
Location: Colfax, CA
April 18, 2015 10:23 pm
Attached are pictures of a bug found on the stem and leaves of some flowers we just potted. I don’t know if they are good for the flowers or not and I have not seen it before. I also can’t seem to find anything online when I researched it. Please help!
Signature: -Amy D

Oak Treehopper

Oak Treehopper

Dear Amy,
Good and bad are so relative, and there are many extenuating circumstances when making such evaluations.  We generally think of problematic insects as those that are introduced from other locations if they are able to get established and have no natural predators, because they often crowd out native species.  This Oak Treehopper,
Platycotis vittata, is a species that we get frequent identification requests regarding, but those requests are almost always from Florida.  We thought this might be an introduction from a nursery, but upon researching the Oak Treehopper on BugGuide, we learned that it is found along the west coast of North America as well.  According to BugGuide:  “Forests and forest edges, parks, and anywhere Oak trees are found. Occasionally found on other trees, but these individuals were probably just resting on those non-Oak trees. … Does almost no damage to the host trees—leaves only a few twig scars from oviposition.”

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Subject: What is this tiny moth/
Location: San Francisc, Nayarit, Mexico
April 6, 2015 6:22 pm
Found in San Francisc, Nayarit, Mexico north of Puerto Vallarta
Signature: Bob

Treehopper

Treehopper

Dear Bob,
This is not a moth, but rather a Treehopper, and we have identified it as
Membracis mexicana thanks to a FlickR posting.  We verified that on the FAUNA ENTOMOLOGICA DE NICARAGUA site.

AWESOME!  it is such a beautiful insect,  I needed to know what it was…You guys Rock!
Bob Farmer

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