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Subject: Bug
Location: Northeastern United States (Pennsylvania)
January 27, 2017 4:39 pm
I took this picture on my way to an appointment. I have looked through numerous books and haven’t been able to find out what it is.
Signature: -Future Scientist

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Future Scientist,
If you were searching guidebooks of native species, you would not find this Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula, a species native to China.  Though we immediately recognized it, the reason is that we have received submissions for years from Korea where it has been introduced and where it is sometimes called a White Cicada.  We were not aware it had been found in North America, and according to BugGuide:  “Confirmed in Berks County, PA, in Sept. 2014.”  BugGuide also recommends:  “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Entomologists are working to delimit the current population and discover any new infestations of this potentially destructive species. If you have seen this insect, please report your sighting using one of the methods provided on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website.”  Since it is the middle of winter, we suspect this is not a recent sighting for you.

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Subject: Identify bug please
Location: Sydney, Australia
January 19, 2017 9:41 pm
We saw this unusal bug that sometimes walked like a crab with the antennae pointing up and we also saw it with them down on the surface. They seemed to be at the rear too.
It was about 10mm long and a bit hairy.
See attached photo. Not that crisp a shot as it kept moving!
Many thanks!
Signature: Mark B

Board-frons Planthopper Nymph

Dear Mark,
We knew this was an immature Hemipteran, and we quickly located this matching image of two Board-frons Planthoppers from the family Eurybrachyidae on the Brisbane Insect website where it states:  “The Australian Eurybrachyidae are  quite distinctive from the world fauna. All Australian species belong to the subfamily Platybrachyinae. Members in this group are small to medium in size with broad body. They have mottled forewings and coloured abdomen, usually brown, red, yellow or orange in colour. All of them have broad frons (front part of head). Like other members in the Hemiptera order, Planthoppers have their sucking mouth-parts to feed on host plants by sucking up the sap.  They can be found resting on the main tree trunk or stems of their host plants, usually Eucalyptus or Acacia. They are not easily noticed because of their camouflaged colours. When come closer to them, they will walk to other spots, either up, down or sideway, then stop moving. If come even closer and try to touch them, they will jump with a ‘tick’ sound and fly away. ”  The site also states:  “Planthopper nymphs can be found on leaves, stems and tree trunks. They are usually dark brown in colour, becomes lighter-brown colour when grown. Most planthopper nymphs look very similar. The two long upwards pointing “tails” are the characteristic.”  There is not enough detail in your image for us to attempt a species identification.

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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Marlborough sounds
January 17, 2017 2:00 pm
Hi bug man hope your having a good day.
I have found a bug with a furry tail usually appearing on my wetsuit or wood outside at night.
Signature: Jamie

Immature Planthopper

Dear Jamie,
This is an immature Planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea, but immature specimens can be very difficult to identify to the species level.  Images on the Brisbane Insect site look very similar.  According to TERRAIN:  “The nymphs are wingless and are informally known as fluffy bums. When sufficiently aroused they will hop off their plant ‘with a snap’.  Like all planthoppers they suck plant sap.”  We are amused by the common name Fluffy Bum and it is very descriptive for many nymphs in the superfamily.  According to Getty Images:  “the wax secreted from behind may serve to conceal this tiny creature from predators.”

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Subject: Unknown Species
Location: Manila, Philippines
January 14, 2017 7:14 pm
Hello i just want to ask what kind of species is this. I just need it for my project in ecology and i hope you answer this question immediately. thank you and god bless
Signature: ecology

Possibly Mealybug

Dear ecology,
This may be the first time we have received an identification request from an entire scientific discipline as opposed to a request from an individual.  This appears to us like it might be a Hemipteran because of its similarity to the Giant Snowball Mealybug from Australia.  Based on Project Noah, Giant Scale Insects from the genus
Monophlebulus are found in the Philippines.  Your image is not distinct enough to be certain.

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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Gunung Leseur Nat’l Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
January 16, 2017 4:40 am
This is a picture of some bugs with what look like white “streamers” coming from their body. This is the only clear picture I have. They look like some sort of seed that has blown onto the tree, but they actually moved around the surface of the tree in random patterns. The white streamers obscured the body of the bug, so I could not see what was underneath the streamers.
I came across them while hiking in the jungle in Sumatra. The guide, who could not identify them, did not want me to pick them off the tree and examine them more closely, so I don’t know more about their body. After multiple trips, I only found them in one location on one tree.
Signature: Robert R.


Dear Robert,
These insects are members of the order Hemiptera,  a group that includes True Bugs, Cicadas, Leafhoppers, Aphids and allies.  Many very similar looking immature Hemipterans secrete a waxy substance that is believe to be a protection against predators.  There are also some species of Fulgorid Leafhoppers that similarly secrete a waxy substance in their adult stages.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide any more conclusive identification at this time.

Hemipteran with waxy secretion

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Subject: What bugs are these?
Location: Cairns, QLD, Australia
December 3, 2016 7:11 am
Found these in my yard.
Signature: CE

Palm Planthopper Nymph

Palm Planthopper Nymph

Dear CE,
We are pretty confident this is a Planthopper nymph in the family Family Lophopidae, probably a Palm Planthopper nymph,
Magia subocellata, based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect site and FlickR.  We are postdating this submission to go live to our site at the end of the month while we are away for the holidays.

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