From the monthly archives: "January 2015"

Subject: White African Bug
Location: South Africa
January 24, 2015 11:58 am
A friend of mine was biking through south africa and took a photo of this bug and a second of a whole tree branch covered in them. What is this bug??
Signature: Confused Friends

Immature Moth Bug:  AKA Flattid Planthopper Nymph

Immature Mothbug: AKA Flattid Planthopper Nymph

Hi Confused Friends,
The white insect you want identified is an immature Planthopper, probably a Flattid Planthopper in the family Flatidae based on this image on iSpot.
  Two of your images include orange or yellow winged insects that we are speculating are adult Mothbugs, a South African name for Flattid Planthoppers.  The adults in your images look similar to Phromnia rosea, a species from Madagascar pictured on the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Research Blog.  We suspect your individuals are closely related as both adults and nymphs look similar to the images of Phromnia rosea pictured on Wildscreen Arkive.

Flattid Planthoppers:  Nymph and Adults

Flattid Planthoppers: Nymph and Adults

Flattid Planthoppers:  Nymphs and Adults

Flattid Planthoppers: Nymphs and Adults

Subject: Smiley-Faced Bug
Location: Sans Souci, Sydney Australia
January 24, 2015 9:00 am
Hi, I was hoping you might be able to identify this smiley faced bug from Nsw, Australia.
David Miller
Signature: David Miller

Leafminer Beetle

Lantana Leafminer Beetle

Dear David,
This sure looks to us like a Leafminer Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, probably a Lantana Leafminer Beetle,
Octotoma scabripennis, which we found pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website where it states:  “Lantana Leafminer Beetles are easily found on Lantana. Their larvae mine in the middle layers of leaves and pupate there. The adult beetles feed on the leaf surface. “  We also learned:  “Lantana Leafminer Beetles are introduced to Australia as a biological control to the weed Lantana Lantana camara.  The beetle’s feeding activities reduce plant vigour and suppress flowering.”  The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Biosecurity Queensland site has an excellent Fact Sheet on the Lantana Leafminer Beetle where we learned:  ”  Octotoma scabripennis occurs naturally from Mexico to Nicaragua.  Cultures of Octotoma scabripennis originated from Mexico.  The insect was first released in Australia in 1966.”  The Lantana Leafminer Beetle is also pictured on the American Insects site.

Subject: Green beetle
Location: South Africa, Gauteng Province, Pretoria
January 24, 2015 7:43 am
I found this green beetle in the back yard trying to hide in the grass. Not sure if it can fly or how it got here, quite curious to find out what it is. I searched a bit on the internet but couldn’t find anything about it.
Signature: George

Flower Chafer

Flower Chafer

Dear George,
Just yesterday we posted some images of this pretty Flower Chafer,
Dicranorrhina derbyana, also from South Africa.

Fruit Chafer

Fruit Chafer

Subject: Found a few in and around my house
Location: Austin, TX
January 22, 2015 8:05 pm
Wondering what this bug might be.
Signature: CJD

Ring Legged Earwig

Ring Legged Earwig

Dear CJD,
We believe your Earwig is a Ring Legged Earwig,
Euborellia annulipes, based on images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “A voracious predator, it also eats all kinds of plant material, though it rarely bothers with live plants.”  Earwigs do not pose a danger to you or your home.

Subject: Giant stink bug Costa Rica
Location: Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
January 22, 2015 2:35 pm
These bugs were on a tree in southern Costa Rica on the Pacific coast near Uvita. They were found today, Jan. 22, 2015 at 2 pm. Related to Giant Mesquite Bug? They were between 1.5 and 2 inches in length and they were found beside a dry stream bed.
Signature: Cathy and Lisa

Immature True Bugs

Nymphs of Coreid Bugs:  Pachylis pharaonis

Dear Cathy and Lisa,
We are not certain these immature True Bugs are in the same genus,
Thasus, as the Giant Mesquite Bugs, since their colors and markings are different than other images we have seen, but the flattened segment on the antennae are consistent with the genusThe closest match we can find at this time is this individual from Guatemala that is in our archives.  Perhaps your individuals are a regional color variation or a not well documented species.

Subject: Strange insect in Georgia
Location: Bulloch County, (southeastern) Georgia, USA
January 23, 2015 8:21 am
I would greatly appreciate any assistance in identifying this unusual-looking insect which was photographed in Bulloch County, Georgia on January 13, 2015, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Thank you.
Signature: William R.

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear William,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and based on images and range information on BugGuide, we believe it is Acanthocephala declivis.