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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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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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