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Subject:  Which insect it is?
Geographic location of the bug:  India
Date: 02/15/2018
Time: 12:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Sir, i found this insect in my balcony . Will you please help me out with this insect?
How you want your letter signed:  An uncanny arthropod

Lanternfly

This is some species of Lanternfly, and we believe it is Kalidasa lanata based on this Project Noah image.

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Subject:  Cicada/planthopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Muyil, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Date: 01/30/2018
Time: 10:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This cool looking small cicada or very large planthopper was about an inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Ben

Planthopper

Dear Ben,
We are declaring your awesome images of a Mexican Planthopper as our Bug of the Month for February 2018, but the winter day is so glorious in Los Angeles we must go outdoors, procrastinating any actual research into its identity for later.

Planthopper

Ah, my 15 minutes of fame.
Looking forward to learning more.
Thanks,
Ben

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Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  The Gambia
Date: 01/11/2018
Time: 08:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
I have long wondered what this is, taken in the Gambia in 2008. Not sure if its a bug or a strange moth. I would be grateful if you could help ID it
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Richard Heath

Lanternfly

Dear Richard,
This free-living Hemipteran in the family Fulgoridae is commonly called a Lanternfly.  There is a similar looking Lanternfly from Gambia posted to FlickR.

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Subject:  Ants protect it.
Geographic location of the bug:  Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Date: 01/22/2018
Time: 04:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this “button” like thing, along with a few other attached to a chia stem. Ants seems to be feeding from them and protects them.
How you want your letter signed:  Quique.

Scale Insect

Dear Quique,
We feel pretty confident this is a Scale Insect in the Hemiptera superfamily Coccoidea which includes Mealybugs as well as Scale Insects.  These are plant parasitic Hemipterans that are immobile as adults.  Like many other Hemipterans, including Aphids and many Hoppers, the Scale Insects exude a sweet “honeydew” that is attractive to Ants, so Ants often care for the Hemipterans.  Planet Natural has a nice posting regarding Scale Insects.

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Subject:  Black & blue striped flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, KZN, South Africa
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 05:03 AM EDT
Hey bugman, I took a pic of this beautiful flying bug chilling on some mint leaves with his homie.
Is he a goodie or a baddie? What’s his name?
How you want your letter signed:  Farmer Budge

Blue-Striped Leafhopper

Dear Farmer Budge,
This is a Leafhopper in the family Cicidellidae, and it looks exactly like the individual pictured on Earth Touch News Network, but alas, it is not identified to the species level.  We believe it might be the Blue-Striped Leafhopper,
Poecilocarda cosmopolita, which is pictured on Photographs from South Africa.  The species is also pictured on iSpot.

Ok cool, thanks bugman. Just to be clear though, these guys definitely didn’t jump. They will only fly away when disturbed.
Thanks again.

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Subject:  Large abdomen bug with wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Alabama, USA
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:10 PM EDT
I’ve scoured the site, but have come up empty.  Could you identify this bug? Looks like flight would be impossible, I’m stumped!
How you want your letter signed:  Sam

Giant Bark Aphid

Dear Sam,
This is an Aphid, and after searching BugGuide, we believe it is a Giant Bark Aphid,
Longistigma caryae.  According to BugGuide:  “This is the largest aphid in North America with adults averaging about 1/4 inch long. They also have long legs which makes them appear even larger. Males and some females are winged but egg laying females are wingless. They are brown with black markings (giving them somewhat of a mottled appearance) and have short, black cornicles. When alive they are often partially covered with a bluish white, waxy secretion.”  Host trees include:  “American elm, pin oak, live oak, post oak, blackjack oak, pecan, hickory, sycamore, and golden rain tree. Other trees which might be infested include maple, basswood, birch, beech, walnut, chestnut, and willow.”

Giant Bark Aphid

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