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Subject:  Net winged beetle(?) + something
Geographic location of the bug:  Abruzzo, Italy
Date: 05/14/2019
Time: 03:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel
Last 2 for a while, if you don’t mind.
First one is, I suspect, a Net winged beetle of the Lycidae family.
The second, I have to admit, has me totally stumped.  It doesn’t appear to be a True Bug, moth or butterfly and cannot find any images of beetles even remotely similar.
Your help would be very gratefully received.
Regards
How you want your letter signed:  Fof

Red and Black Froghopper

Dear Fof,
We quickly identified your Red and Black Froghopper,
Cercopis vulnerata, thanks to Alamy and the British Bugs site where it states:  “A truly unmistakable species, and one of our largest homopterans. The nymphs are rarely seen, as they feed on underground roots.”  According to iNaturalist:  “This species is present in most of Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Spain, the former Yugoslavia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary, Great Britain and Italy).”  As with other Hemipterans that have mouths designed to pierce and suck, they might cause wilting of tender stems if they are plentiful, but a greater problem is the spreading of pathogens from plant to plant while they feed, based on what we found on EuroFresh.  We never heard back from you after we identified your Common Picturewing from Vietnam.

Red and Black Froghopper

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Subject:  Weird looking bug that grey and pink.
Geographic location of the bug:  Washinton,Pa
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Finally found out what this bug is! A spotted lanternfly,an invasive Asian insect that is quarantined in Eastern,Pa now!
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Maurice,
You are correct.  This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly and it is nice to remind our readers from Pennsylvania to watch out for infestations.

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kauai, Hawai’i
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 11:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi and good day. I found this guy and was able to get a video of him on my leg at 90x magnification.
I thought he was a tick, at first but he doesn’t seem to be classified that way.
How you want your letter signed:  Samn

Aphid

Dear Samn,
This sure looks like an Aphid to us.

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Subject:  Borer Maybe?
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles
Date: 04/15/2019
Time: 04:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can anyone tell me what this bug is called and how to get rid of it? It’s super fast and skirts across branches to dodge you when you try to get a good look. It also sits on the tree and drips piss or something constantly so it looks like mist falling down. I’m pretty sure these things are killing a tree I planted recently.
How you want your letter signed:  JV

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

Dear JV,
This is not a Borer.  This appears to be a Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter,
Homalodisca vitripennis, an invasive species that feeds by sucking fluids from plants.  Though large infestations might cause twigs to wilt or wither, there is a bigger threat of diseases spread by Sharpshooters.  According to BugGuide:  “A major vector of Pierce’s disease on grape. Usually not a serious pest within its native range, southeastern US. This species was accidentally introduced into so. California in the early 1990s, probably with ornamental or agricultural stock. There, it has become a serious threat to viticulture.”

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Subject:  What is this cool looking insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Louisiana
Date: 04/14/2019
Time: 06:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was wondering that this insect is called
How you want your letter signed:  Skylar

Oak Treehopper

Dear Skylar,
The Oak Treehopper is surely a distinctive looking insect.  According to BugGuide, its 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.”

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Subject:  What in the world…
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, South Africa
Date: 03/06/2019
Time: 10:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was strolling through my garden when I came across these weird bugs. What are they and what are they doing? They are freaky, stuck together and bubbling!!
How you want your letter signed:  Ryan

Aggregation of unknown Hemipterans

Dear Ryan,
We have not had any luck matching your images to any images on line in our initial search, so we are posting your request as Unidentified.  We are quite certain these are members of the insect order Hemiptera, the group that includes True Bugs, Cicadas and Leafhoppers.  We will continue to research this matter and perhaps one of our readers will have some free time to investigate.

Update:  Cesar Crash from Insetologia found this Spittlebug posting in our archives that looks like the same species.  North American Spittlebugs do not tend to aggregate in such large numbers, though it is frequently possible to find several individuals hiding in the “spittle.”

Hemipteran Nymphs

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Spittlebugs! (Ptyelus grossus?)

Subject:  What in the world….follow up
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, South Africa
Date: 03/08/2019
Time: 02:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi again.
Thanks for trying to identify that mass of bugs:”Aggregation of unknown Hemipterans”. I have taken a few more pictures of whats left of them, so it might be clearer on what they are. Think they are some sort of leaf hopper.
How you want your letter signed:  Ryan

Spittlebugs

Hi Ryan,
Thanks for sending additional images that include the winged adult Spittlebug,
Ptyelus grossus.  According to the Flora of Zimbabwe:  “Larvae and nymphs of this species are highly gregarious. While feeding on the sap of certain tree species they excrete a foamy liquid that forms protective nests around them. Numbers of these nymphs can by so high in a single tree that the excessive excretions can drip onto the soil below the tree and may form wet patches or even small puddles.  Widespread in tropical and Southern Africa.

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