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Subject:  Black beetle on princess gums
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Victoria Australia
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 09:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I cannot find a picture anywhere of this beetle .. four white spots on its back .. non on it’s head
How you want your letter signed:  corobin knox

Common Jassid

Dear Robin,
We believe we have correctly identified your Leafhopper (not Beetle) as a Common Jassid,
Eurymela fenestrata, thanks to the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “Common Jassid is one of the largest size leafhopper in the Eurymelinae. We sometimes call them Large Gum-treehoppers, The adult is brown and dark violet under sunlight. There are some white spots on its wings. Nymph has the reddish-brown body with black markings. Gum-leafhopper sometimes called Jassid because they were classified as family Jassidae before, then now the family Cicadellidae.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lower North Shore, Sydney, NSW
Date: 09/21/2021
Time: 09:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
My son found this bug and would love to know what it is!
How you want your letter signed:  Stephanie

Snowball Large Mealybug

Dear Stephanie,
This is a Snowball Large Mealybug.  You may enjoy this posting from Live Journal.

Subject:  Creepy Critter I’ve Never Seen Before!
Geographic location of the bug:  Madison County, Kentucky
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 11:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My boyfriend and I walked into the kitchen around 10:45 pm and next to the sink was an insect I was creeped out by, but couldn’t stop looking at!
It didn’t move when the boyfriend removed it to the bathroom. I am not sure if it was dead or alive.
Both of us have lived in old houses before and never seen one….we are both in our 40’s.
The house we live in now in on the foothills of the Appalachia Mountains. It was built in the late 1800’s and renovated in the 1940’s and again in the 1960’s.
The original creek rock, used in original foundation, is still under the house.
There are also many caves around the area. As well as other “creepy” types of bugs. Example…. Cave Crickets.
The weather has been a lot milder, wetter, and, cooler than normal.
Are these normal for this area? I can’t find anything about them.
Thanks so much!
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned in Kentucky

Robber Fly

Dear Concerned in Kentucky,
You have no cause for concern.  This is a Robber Fly, a winged predator that did not originate from inside your home.  It likely accidentally entered the home and died.  This is an outdoor predator that has no interest in living indoors.  We cannot tell the species for certain but we believe it might be a Hanging Thief in the grnus
Diogmites which is pictured on Bugguide.

Subject:  Large shy cicada-like insect with pretty spots
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Date: 09/07/2021
Time: 03:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was waiting at a bus stop when suddenly this large-ish (1.25″ approx) flew in front of me and landed on a wall. While it was flying I could see its (second set of wings? thorax?) was bright red with white spots, which you can get a peek of in the third picture.
After it landed, I kept trying to get pictures, but it was shy and kept crawling away, and then my bus came so that was that.
It had bright orange eyes and a head/body shape that made me think it was a cicada, but its outer wings are opaque and covered in spots and stripes, and I thought cicadas all had clear wings. It crawled and moved a bit like a cicada too. Something in the same family?
Thanks for any help!
How you want your letter signed:  Jarrett

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Jarrett,
According to BugGuide, the invasive Spotted Lanternfly was first reported in North America in 2014, but as early as 2010 we reported it as an invasive species from China introduced to South Korea and at that time White Cicada was a common name more popularly used than it is now.  Thuogh it is not a true Cicada, the Spotted Lanternfly is in the same insect order as Cicadas, True Bugs and Treehoppers. 

Subject:  Moth in NJ
Geographic location of the bug:  Central New Jersey, USA
Date: 08/17/2021
Time: 10:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi WtB,
I’ve been hanging out with this moth recently, but have not been able to identify it after looking through lists of moths native to the area, hoping you can help me out.
Location: New Jersey, USA
Season:   Summer (early August)
Thank you so much for your work!!
How you want your letter signed:  Friend of Moth

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Friend of Moth,
Alas, this is not a Moth.  It is a Spotted Lanternfly, a recently introduced invasive species from Asia.

Subject:  What is This
Geographic location of the bug:  Newark, NJ
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 09:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve been here all my life and can’t imagine what this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Northern non bug lover

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Northern non bug lover,
This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly, not a species to love.  The Spotted Lanternfly is native to Asia and according to BugGuide:  “earliest NA record: PA 2014” and since then it has been reported in five states in addition to Pennsylvania.  Your New Jersey sighting is not the first, and there are also sightings in New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.  Indications are that it will continue to spread.  Though it has not yet been reported there, the Missouri Department of Conservation states:  “The spotted lanternfly feeds on over 70 plant species, many of which are native to Missouri. SLF feeding activity can weaken plants, resulting in decline or even death. This invasive pest has the potential to damage Missouri native plants and forests.

As they feed on tree-of-heaven, spotted lanternflies may acquire chemicals from the plant that make them distasteful or toxic to predators.
In its native regions on the other side of the world — southern China, Taiwan, and Vietnam — the spotted lanternfly’s numbers are kept in check by predators and diseases.”