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Subject:  Crazy cool bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kenmore, WA
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 07:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen under a chestnut tree in Sep 2016. Saw two them, they were docile and slow.
How you want your letter signed:  Season

Oak Tree Hopper Nymph

Dear Season,
This is an immature Oak Tree Hopper and we are intrigued that you found it under a chestnut tree.  According to BugGuide:  “Fairly common on deciduous and evergreen oaks,
Quercus spp.”  According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension pdf on the species:  “Essig (1958) reported that he collected a freshly hatched colony from a cultivated chestnut tree (presumably in California).”

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Subject:  Small, Green, Clear wings, kind of Frog head
Geographic location of the bug:  La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 10:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Have no idea what this is. Our cat seemed interested in it…..on our curtain this afternoon. Quite small.
How you want your letter signed:  Dave W.

Planthopper

I posted it on our local message board in La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico. Someone found what it was:
Rhynchomitra microrhina
Thanks,
Dave W.
Dear Dave,
Thanks much for getting back to us with the information you found.  According to BugGuide
Rhynchomitra microrhina is a Dictyopharid Planthopper in the family Dictyopharidae.
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Subject:  Gry and red bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeastern Pennsylvania
Date: 09/30/2018
Time: 08:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Very interested in what type of bug/beetle this is. My son is an environmental scientist and has never seen this one before.
How you want your letter signed:  Baffled Abba

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Baffled Abba,
This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula, a recently introduced Asian species that according to BugGuide: “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area. Currently (2018) known from 6 counties in PA; also found in DE, NY, VA.”  According to Delaware News:  “The spotted lanternfly – a destructive, invasive plant hopper – has been confirmed in New Castle County. Delaware is the second state to have found the insect which was first detected in the United States in 2014, in Berks County, PA. The spotted lanternfly has now spread to 13 Pennsylvania counties.  This insect is a potential threat to several important agricultural crops including grapes, apples, peaches, and lumber.”  According to RecordOnLine:  “The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed that the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect, was found for the first time in New York State on Nov. 29, 2017.” According to the Northern Virginia Daily:  “A professor specializing in the study of insects confirmed a few days ago the reported sighting of a spotted lanternfly at a business in Winchester.  The professor, Douglas Pfeiffer of Virginia Tech, had visited other parts of Virginia in search of the lanternfly, but this was the first time he has been able to verify its presence.  The spotted lanternfly, which feeds on the sap of vines and trees, first came to the United States from China in 2014. Since then, the insects have been found mostly in Pennsylvania. But Pfeiffer said that it has been expanding where it lives since arriving.”  According to BugGuide:  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:  Bug (moth?) identification
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Pennsylvania
Date: 08/27/2018
Time: 11:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have never seen this bug before in our yard and I would appreciate if you can identify it.
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Andrei N.

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Andrei,
This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula, a species introduced to Pennsylvania from Asia several years ago.  According to BugGuide:  “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area. Currently (2018) known from 6 counties in PA; also found in DE, NY, VA” and “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.”  This is a winged adult.  Nymphs are wingless and may have bright red coloration.  You should report your sighting to help prevent the Spotted Lanternfly from spreading further in North America.  

Spotted Lanternfly

Hello Daniel,
Thank you. I will alert the PA Dept. of Agriculture.
Andrei

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Subject:  Interesting bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 11:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman!
Can you tell me what this bug is? We seem to have an infestation outside and I am a bit worried about our small children and pets. Can you help me?   Thanks for your time in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan O’Dell

Black Willow Aphid

Dear Megan,
Your image lacks critical clarity, but we were convinced these were Giant Aphids in the subfamily Lachninae, though BugGuide does not picture any individuals with the bright orange tubercles on the individuals in your image.  We then located an image of the Black Willow Aphid,
Pterocomma salicis, on Influential Points where it states:  “The black willow bark aphid forms dense colonies on two-year-old twigs and wands of willow (Salix spp.). It is usually attended by ants. Apterous males and oviparae occur in October-November. It is widely distributed in Europe and Asia and has been introduced into North America.”  The Black Willow Aphid is also pictured on BugGuide.  We believe that is a correct ID.  Do you have a nearby willow tree?

Thank you very much for getting back to me. It was hard to get a good picture of the bugs up close.  Sorry 🙁
We do have two huge willow trees.  Are they a danger to the trees?  I have never seen them in any previous years and I have been here my whole life.  I worry if they are eating away at the trees, the trunks are probably 4ft in diameter and would crush our house.
Thank you again for the advise and information!
Megan O’Dell
Hi again Megan,
Aphids feed by sucking fluids from plants, generally on the tender tips of branches, so they will not be eating the trunks of your trees.

 

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Subject:  ID required
Geographic location of the bug:  Manu Wildlife Centre, Peru.
Date: 08/10/2018
Time: 07:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This little critter, about the size of my little finger nail, was busily making its way along a wooden railing. Any large ants it encountered got out of its way but tiny ants didn’t. In fact one if them seemed to nick a piece of the white stuff that the insect was carrying, presumably as some sort of disguise.
How you want your letter signed:  Pat

Planthopper Nymph

Dear Pat,
This is a Planthopper nymph, probably in the family Fulgoridae, and nymphs can be very difficult to identify with certainty.  Here is an image on Reddit Awwnverts that is similar and an image on Jeff Cremer Photo for comparison.  Many Planthoppers secrete a waxy substance for protection and some have a symbiotic relationship with Ants.

Thanks, Daniel. Another example of the wonderful diversity and ingenuity of nature.
Pat

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