Completely Baffled as to Bug ID
Location: SE MIchigan
August 8, 2011 7:15 am
Dear Bugman: What have we found? My son and I discovered this small, unknown insect on the leaf of our tuberous begonia, hanging basket.
Neither of us have ever seen an insect like this before. I don’t know where to begin to categorize it, so as to look it up. It’s face and antennae look similar to katydid & cricket species, and it measured not quite one half inch. But those dark window-paned wings have me baffled. It’s abdomen was chubby and striped.
At first I thought this might be a juvenile, or instar of some type. After taking many pictures, the insect leaped backwards off the leaf and flew down into the flower bed. Hoping you can put a name to this new find of ours.
Attaching L., R. and dorsal views of this intriguing little ”bug”.
Signature: Confused

Bark Louse

Hi Confused,
This creature is a Bark Louse,
Cerastipsocus venosus, and the scientific species name refers to the “window-paned wings” you describe.  We are not used to seeing solitary images of Bark Lice, and collectively, a group is sometimes referred to as Tree Cattle.  Often our readers mistake them for a harmful species when a “herd” is found on a tree, but these benign insects feed on lichens and do not damage the trees.  This is a winged adult.  Nymphs have a boldly striped abdomen.  You can see photos and get more information on BugGuide.

Location: Michigan

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