Subject: please help identify this thing 🙂
Location: New Jersey, close to the coast.
July 20, 2015 5:49 pm
Hello there, I was sitting in my yard when i saw this little guy on my hand. No idea how it got there, but then I put it on my pant leg and took a picture. No one I showed it to has seen anything like it, not with those blue “butthairs” anyway. What is it???
Signature: just a Jersey girl
Dear Jersey Girl,
Immature Hemipterans can be very difficult to accurately identify, but we believe we have correctly identified this as an immature Issid Planthopper, Thionia simplex, based on this BugGuide image. The “butthairs” explained on BugGuide: “in nymphs, the wax filaments projecting from the rear are straight and bundled, not bushy.”