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Subject:  Chinese Wax Scale found when cutting down last year’s sunflower stalks.
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 03/20/2021
Time: 02:49 AM EDT
Several weeks ago, Daniel discovered these Scale Insects on the dried stalks of sunflowers and he left them in the front yard until he had an opportunity to identify them on the internet.  A visit to Alamy revealed the genus name Ceroplastes, and searching that on BugGuide revealed the Chinese Wax Scale.  According to BugGuide:  “eggs laid in chamber under body of adult” and “Non native. Introduced from Asia.”  Daniel threw them into the green recycle bin for garden materials after taking the image because he noticed the dreaded Argentine Ants taking an interest in the Scale and he suspects the Ants help to distribute the Scale nymphs to a new food plant.

Chinese Wax Scale

 

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Subject:  Orange and black bug
Date: 03/31/2021
Time: 03:29 AM EDT
Geographic location of the bug:  Queensland Australia
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello do you know what’s this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Holly

Giant Scale Insect

Dear Holly,
This is the first real insect identification request that Daniel the Bugman has answered since last July when a personal matter added to the cumulative impact of the pandemic and caused Daniel to disconnect from the curious public.  We truly hope this is a sign that Daniel will return to daily What’s That Bug? postings.
This is a Giant Scale Insect in the genus
Monophlebulus, and you may verify its identity on Project Noah. According to the Atlas of Living Australia:  “A slow moving wingless Hemiptera that feeds on plant sap. This Genus is found in Australia and South East Asia and is know to feed on Eucalyptus and Callistemon among other species. Some are colourful, beneath their white, waxy fluffy coating – including bright orange and blue. Some are as large as 25mm and even as adults they look rather like insect larvae. The females are wingless. Like some other mealybugs members of this Genus are occassionally tended by ants.”

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Subject:  Stumpstabber – Megarhyssa sp.
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra Nevada range route 88
Date: 06/23/2020
Time: 01:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My friend took this pic and because she knows my love of all things “bug” asked if I could find out anything about it.  Been doing some poking around and the  closest I could find was family Ichneunonidae Megarhyssa nortoni.  It’s quite striking in coloration.  Just wanted to share because I haven’t found a photo anywhere that matches
How you want your letter signed:  Terriann

Parasitic Wasp

Dear Terriann,
This is definitely a member of the superfamily Ichneumonoidea that includes the family Braconidae as well as the Ichneumon, and we believe this might be a Braconid, possibly in the genus
Atanycolus that is represented on BugGuide.  A definitive identification might not be possible as this is a huge superfamily with many unidentified members.  According to BugGuide:  “Next to impossible to identify this genus from images alone, however it is one of the more common genera in the subfamily. Identification of images on this guide page are NOT absolute! “

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Subject:  Termite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Anaheim California
Date: 04/01/2020
Time: 08:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I took this picture March 25, 2020 not sure what that bug is,
Hopefully someone can tell me.
How you want your letter signed:  Ken O

Mealybug

Dear Ken,
We are relatively certain this is a Mealybug based on this BugGuide image.  According to the University of Wisconsin Master Gardener Program:  “The citrus mealybug (
Planococcus citri) is the most common species found on plant foliage. It feeds on a wide variety of plants, and especially likes soft-stemmed and succulent plants such as coleus, fuchsia, croton, jade, poinsettia and cactus. In my greenhouse I also find them consistently on rosemary, citrus, and bird of paradise. ”  You did not indicate where you found it.

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Subject:  Found this little guy in the pool
Geographic location of the bug:  Namibia, Windhoek
Date: 02/19/2020
Time: 11:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m living in Namibia for 7 years now and I’m pretty attentive if it comes to insects. But I’ve never seen this guy before. The smell when threatened reminds me of Heteroptera. It is currently summer and rain season.
How you want your letter signed:  Kind Regards

Mottled Avocado Bug

This Planthopper belongs to the order Hemiptera which contains the True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera and many members of the family, which includes Stink Bugs, produce a noticeable odor.  Earlier today we posted additional images of what we have identified as the Mottled Avocado Bug, Parapioxys jucundus

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Subject:  Please help … I can’t find what insect this is
Geographic location of the bug:  South-Africa Gauteng
Date: 02/22/2020
Time: 08:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help.
I found this bug …
I don’t know if its a moth or butterfly or anything else.
It started to lay eggs in the Jar I put her in.
Green with white and black spots with a red body and a white tail were the eggs are coming out.
It walks backwards and sidewards.
How you want your letter signed:  K.Krugel

Mottled Avocado Bug

Dear K.Krugel,
This is neither a butterfly nor a moth.  It is a Planthopper.   We found it pictured but not identified on iStock Getty Photo.  We then located an image in our archives that we identified as the Mottled Avocado Bug,
Parapioxys jucundus.  Here is a FlickR image.  It is described in the Field Guide to Insects of South Africa as:  “a probable lichen-mimic, has a very broad head, and is vividly coloured, with emerald green fore wings with concentrations of white spots and blotches, overlaid with black spots.”

Mottled Avocado Bug

 

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