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Subject:  Unusual cicada??
Geographic location of the bug:  Vienna, Virginia
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 04:39 PM EDT
Hello Bugman,
My horticulture friend sent me this photo of cicada like insects on a birch tree in September in northern VA, but the wings do not look cicada like and I have never seen “horns” on cicadas. They look positively creepy!
Can you help us identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Stumped gardener

Oak Treehopper Nymphs

Dear Stumped Gardener,
Is your friend certain these Treehopper nymphs were on a birch tree?  They are Oak Treehopper nymphs,
Platycotis vittata, based on this BugGuide image, and according to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Forests and forest edges, parks, and anywhere Oak trees are found. Occasionally found on other trees, but these individuals were probably just resting on those non-Oak trees.”  Since nymphs cannot fly, they were likely feeding on the plant upon which they were found.  Treehoppers and Cicadas are both in the same superfamily, hence the resemblance.

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Subject:  Feeling Pink
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 10:32 AM EDT
I found this leafhopper inside my house this morning and quickly ushered it into a jar and outside onto some plants. The color and patterns seem quite distinctive and my best guess is that it is in the Genus Gyponana, but would really appreciate your thoughts/expertise. Attaching lateral and side view.
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah E Bifulco

Leafhopper

Good morning Deborah,
Based on this BugGuide image, we concur that this Leafhopper is most likely in the genus
GyponanaBugGuide does note:  “Very few species are readily identifiable based on external characters.”

Leafhopper

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Subject:  I found a cool bug and i would like to know its name
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Rivers NSW Australia
Date: 09/22/2017
Time: 08:04 AM EDT
Hello Bugman,
I found this cool bug on my desk and I was very curious about its name
(scientific name that is, not his given name (Rufus))
he is my son now
he’s cool
How you want your letter signed:  rufus’ concerned mother

Rufus, a Free-Living Hemipteran

Dear Rufus’ Concerned Mother,
Rufus is a good looking bug.  The best we can provide at this time is that Rufus is a Free-Living Hemipteran, and many of their suborder Auchenorrhyncha are known as Hoppers.  Hoppers are plant suckers that can pose a threat to some agricultural industries.  We did not locate Rufus on the Brisbane Insect site.

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Subject:  What’s that bug?
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:42 PM
Found it on my cannabis plant.
It’s sticks to a surface very well and is not easy to detach
az-j

Scale Insect

Dear az-j,
Though we have not had any luck locating any images that look exactly like the creature you submitted, we can’t imagine it is anything but a Scale Insect.  Beyond the Human Eye has some nice Scale Insect images.
Continued searching might have resulted in an identification.  Thankfully your situation has not escalated to this stage pictured on BugGuide of Chinese Wax Scale.  According to BugGuide the Chinese Wax Scale is  “Non native. Introduced from Asia.”

Scale Insect

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Subject:  What’s this pretty bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Allentown PA
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
I saw this beetle perched on a car bumper in a parking lot. As I got close to take the picture, the insect departed the number with an amazing vertical velocity! It’s leg joints look almost machine like. Is it a drone – lol? Appreciate your help identifying it!
How you want your letter signed:  Tom M

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Tom,
This is an Invasive Exotic Spotted Lanternfly, a species recently introduced to North America from Asia.  At this time, its spread has only been reported from Pennsylvania.  According to BugGuide:  “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Experts are working to delimit the current population and find new infestations of this species. Please report sightings on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture website.  earliest NA record: PA 2014.”

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Subject:  unidentified bug
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Penna, deciduous woods
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 05:01 PM EDT
saw this guy on a deck at a house in the woods, mid-day
How you want your letter signed:  tony ryan

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Tony,
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive exotic species from Asia that has become established in Pennsylvania.  The bright red, spotted nymphs are quite distinctive.  According to BugGuide:  “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Experts are working to delimit the current population and find new infestations of this species. Please report sightings on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture website.  earliest NA record: PA 2014.”

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