Subject:  A different yucca bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Carrollton GA – 50 mi w of atl
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 10:34 AM EDT
This critter is about an inch long. There is at least on for every blossom on my yucca. Never seen em before. Are they harmful and do I need to do something about them?
I planted this yucca when it was the size of a basketball – now it’s five plants. This is the first year it has had more than one spike. The tallest one came first by a couple of weeks.
How you want your letter signed:  Allen

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Allen,
This is a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus Leptoglossus, and we are pretty certain it is the Eastern Leaf Footed Bug,
Leptoglossus phyllopus, a species that according to BugGuide is:  “polyphagous; most common on thistle in FL, and on Yucca in KS” and “may damage a number of crops (esp. citrus, tomatoes) and ornamentals.”

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Subject:  Feeling Pink
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 10:32 AM EDT
I found this leafhopper inside my house this morning and quickly ushered it into a jar and outside onto some plants. The color and patterns seem quite distinctive and my best guess is that it is in the Genus Gyponana, but would really appreciate your thoughts/expertise. Attaching lateral and side view.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah E Bifulco


Good morning Deborah,
Based on this BugGuide image, we concur that this Leafhopper is most likely in the genus
GyponanaBugGuide does note:  “Very few species are readily identifiable based on external characters.”


Subject:  What kind of insect is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Iowa, near a pond, on ground near grass and Waters edge.
Date: 09/22/2017
Time: 06:12 PM EDT
During a fieldtrip with my daughter’s 5th grade class, we found this bug. It stumped the conservationist, to say the least. None of us have ever seen one. Can you help us identify it!
It’s really end looks like a cricket, but it looked to be developing large wings, it has a head like an ant, and it’s front legs had what appeared to be tiny claws.
How you want your letter signed:  5th Grade class, Jordan Creek Elementary School, West Des Moines, IA

Mole Cricket

Dear 5th Grade class, Jordan Creek Elementary School,
You were on the right track when you observed it “looks like a cricket” because this is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that uses its front legs to quickly burrow in the dirt.  Though they live underground, Mole Crickets are capable of flying.  We get reports of Mole Crickets from many places around the world, including Australia, Iraq and South Africa as well as much of North America.

Mole Cricket

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Subject:  Black butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Athens Texas
Date: 09/22/2017
Time: 09:25 PM EDT
I am interested to know the identification of a butterfly.
How you want your letter signed:  Janice

Spicebush Swallowtail

Dear Janice,
The green spots on the lower wings indicate this is a male Spicebush Swallowtail like the one in this BugGuide image.

Subject:  I found a cool bug and i would like to know its name
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Rivers NSW Australia
Date: 09/22/2017
Time: 08:04 AM EDT
Hello Bugman,
I found this cool bug on my desk and I was very curious about its name
(scientific name that is, not his given name (Rufus))
he is my son now
he’s cool
How you want your letter signed:  rufus’ concerned mother

Rufus, a Free-Living Hemipteran

Dear Rufus’ Concerned Mother,
Rufus is a good looking bug.  The best we can provide at this time is that Rufus is a Free-Living Hemipteran, and many of their suborder Auchenorrhyncha are known as Hoppers.  Hoppers are plant suckers that can pose a threat to some agricultural industries.  We did not locate Rufus on the Brisbane Insect site.

Subject:  Deformed Luna Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  High Springs, Fl.
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 07:05 PM EDT
I’m still not sure what I was seeing here but it looks to me like a Luna moth that didn’t enclose completely. It was crawling but obviously couldn’t fly. It kept falling over weeds and flipping onto It’s back so I put it on my oak tree and it energetically crawled far up the trunk.
How you want your letter signed:  Elizabeth C.

Newly Eclosed Male Luna Moth

Dear Elizabeth,
This is a newly eclosed male Luna Moth, but we do not believe it is deformed.  Metamorphosis is a process that takes time.  After the adult Luna Moth emerges from the cocoon, it might take several hours for the wings to expand fully and harden.  We suspect your individual eventually flew away to mate.  Because of your kindness, you may have helped this guy survive, so we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.