Subject:  Please help … I can’t find what insect this is
Geographic location of the bug:  South-Africa Gauteng
Date: 02/22/2020
Time: 08:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help.
I found this bug …
I don’t know if its a moth or butterfly or anything else.
It started to lay eggs in the Jar I put her in.
Green with white and black spots with a red body and a white tail were the eggs are coming out.
It walks backwards and sidewards.
How you want your letter signed:  K.Krugel

Mottled Avocado Bug

Dear K.Krugel,
This is neither a butterfly nor a moth.  It is a Planthopper.   We found it pictured but not identified on iStock Getty Photo.  We then located an image in our archives that we identified as the Mottled Avocado Bug,
Parapioxys jucundus.  Here is a FlickR image.  It is described in the Field Guide to Insects of South Africa as:  “a probable lichen-mimic, has a very broad head, and is vividly coloured, with emerald green fore wings with concentrations of white spots and blotches, overlaid with black spots.”

Mottled Avocado Bug

 

Location: Gauteng, South Africa

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