Subject: Red black bug
Location: Himachal Pradesh India, Western Himalayas.
July 6, 2013 11:51 pm
Hi Bugman. Please identify this bug from western Himalayas. Thank you.
Signature: Harsha S
We do not recognize your insects but we can tell you that they are Hemipterans, most likely Free Living Hemipterans in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha which includes Cicadas and Treehoppers. We will post your image and we will continue to research, but perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in a more specific identification.
Thanks for a quick reply Daniel. I had guessed they are closely related to hoppers. I could not find a picture on web similar to one I had clicked. I hope your veteran researchers will help me. Thanks.
Update: July 24, 2013
Thanks to a reader’s comment, we now know that this Froghopper or Spittle Bug is Cosmoscarta bispecularis. Bold Systems Taxonomy Browser does not have any information. Alas we cannot read the content of gaga.biodiv.tw, but it appears to be a somewhat credible source of information. This Spittle Bug did appear on a Hong Kong Stamp, and according to World Stamp News: “This brightly-coloured Spittle Bug is largely tangerine red with different sized black dots seen on its pronotum and wings. Some of these may join to form broad black bands, with the black spots at the wing tips merging as well. It does not produce any sounds. The adults can often be found between May and September, and, whilst mainly inhabiting shrublands, this uncommon type of Spittle Bug tends to appear in Tai Mo Shan and Ma On Shan as well.”