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Subject:  One horn, base of horn covers all body
Geographic location of the bug:  Montgomery hills, Maryland (silver spring)20910
Date: 07/28/2019
Time: 09:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman, I wish I had more photos for you….sitting still in a parking lot, this thing landed on my arm with such force I thought I was hit with a stone! It then leaped forcefully backwards, flipped, and stuck to my side window. It was a dark, gray brown color.(Maybe had some small spots??  If you looked at it from an Ariel view, it would look like the cap of an acorn. The wide base of horn protected the entire body and wings! I’m assuming it’s a type of beetle….
Good luck, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed you have an answer for me!
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks for your time! sara

Treehopper

Dear Sara,
Based on the insect’s silhouette and your location, we believe we have correctly identified this Treehopper as Glossonotus turriculatus thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  Hosts listed are oak and hickory.

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Subject:  Lovely green wing cases
Geographic location of the bug:  Sale, Manchester, uk
Date: 07/15/2019
Time: 03:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman,
Thought you might appreciate these lovely shades of green as much as me! I’ve seen these creatures before but usually in brown or bright green. They jump like fleas so I’ve called them hoppers in the past but I’ve no idea what they usually go by. I’ve noticed they hatch out of what looks like blobs of spit on grass. I’m also interested to know if they are a pest in our veg patch or pest control. It would be great if you could shed some light on it for me. Bug obviously came in from the garden in July.
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Beth J.

Green Leafhopper

Dear Beth,
This is a Leafhopper in the family Cicadellidae, and it is green, and when we finally identified it as
Cicadella viridis on NatureSpot, we learned the common name is the obvious Green Leaf-Hopper.  According to NatureSpot:  “Length 6-8 mm. A large and eye-catching species. The bicoloured pronotum (yellow at the front and green at the rear) is distinctive. The forewings of the female are bright turquoise green, but those of the male are much darker blue-purple and may even be blackish.”  Additional images can be found on British Bugs.

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Subject: What’s this Hopper on my Cannabis?
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 8, 2019 7:51 am
Subject:  Hi Bugman,
As my Cannabis plants grow larger, I’ve noticed that many of the plants have predators on them.  In addition to the Mantid I submitted earlier this year, I am happy to report that four of my plants have mantids on them and several have Green Lynx Spiders as well.  Can you please identify the hopping insect that I have found on my plants this year.  One of the images of the Green Lynx Spiders I am sending has it eating an immature hopping insect, though it is difficult to see.  The other image is of a winged adult.
Thanks
Signature: Constant Gardener

Green Lynx Spider eats (presumably) Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter nymph

Dear Constant Gardener,
Thanks so much for keeping our readers informed about your thriving
Cannabis ecosystem.  The adult hopping insect is a Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter, and according to BugGuide:  “The biggest problem is that it can spread the disease-causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa.  The most important biocontrols are egg-parasite wasps in the genus Gonatocerus. Spiders, assassin bugs, and praying mantis prey on the mobile forms.”  Several years ago, we received a report of Glassy-Winged Sharpshooters, Homalodisca vitripennis, on marijuana.  According to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program site:  “The glassy-winged sharpshooter is found in many habitats, including agricultural crops, urban landscapes, native woodlands, and riparian vegetation. It feeds on hundreds of plant species across dozens of plant families. Hosts include numerous common woody plants as well as annual and perennial herbaceous plants. It is common to find this insect on acacia, avocado, eucalyptus, citrus, crepe myrtle, heavenly bamboo, grape, photinia, pittosporum, hibiscus, periwinkle, xylosma, some roses, and many others. Host preference changes throughout the year, depending on the availability and nutritional value of host plants. Some hosts are preferred for feeding while others are preferred for reproduction. Irrigation level and fertilizer additions can also impact the attractiveness of hosts for sharpshooters.”  There is no mention of Cannabis.  We presume the nymph being eaten by the Green Lynx Spider is a member of the same species.

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

Green Lynx Spider

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Subject:  Help identifying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario Canada
Date: 06/26/2019
Time: 05:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this insect on my marijuana plant and wondering if it’s harmful .
How you want your letter signed:  Email

Buffalo Treehopper nymph

This spiny guy is a Treehopper nymph, and based on this Jungle Dragon posting and this BugGuide posting, we believe it is a Buffalo Treehopper in the genus Stictocephala.  Treehoppers and Planthoppers have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids, and they rob the plant upon which they are feeding of valuable fluids.  A single individual might not cause much damage, but when they are feeding in groups, significant damage might occur.  We would not consider this Buffalo Treehopper nymph to be a beneficial species on your marijuana plant.  According to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee:  “In their adult and immature stages, buffalo treehoppers feed on plant sap that they get by puncturing the stems of woody and non-woody plants with their strong “beaks” (and they can do minor damage to both in the process). They may begin their lives on woody plants, where Mom uses her sharp ovipositor to make shallow slits in twigs and to deposit her eggs. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs find their way to more succulent, herbaceous vegetation.”

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Subject:  Please ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Guatemala
Date: 06/19/2019
Time: 01:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My cousin sent me a picture of an insect she found and didn’t know what it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Moises

Planthoppers

Dear Moises,
We believe these are Planthoppers in the family Fulgoridae, and though they bear a superficial resemblance to the invasive Spotted Lanternflies, they do not look like the same species.  We have not been able to find any visual matches online, so we cannot provide you with a species name.  Perhaps one of our readers will have more luck than we have had at an identification.

Planthoppers

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Subject:  What am I?
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover Township, NJ
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 06:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
Hoping you can id this interesting little insect.  It looks to me like some type of planthopper maybe, although I’ve never seen one in my garden before today.  Length approximately 1/2 inch and it wasn’t moving much.  I plucked the flower it was on to get some better shots, expecting that it might fly, but it just stayed in place.  Hope these shots are enough to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah E Bifulco

Speckled Sharpshooter

Hi Deborah,
You are correct that this is a Planthopper, more specifically, a Sharpshooter.  Planthoppers are insects that feed by sucking fluids from plants, and some species are known to spread viruses to plants, so they are generally not too welcome in the garden.  We quickly identified your Speckled Sharpshooter,
Paraulacizes irrorata, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide food plants include:  “Asteraceae: Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle), Cirsium sp., Conyza canadensis (horseweed), Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce), Silphium integrifolium (wholeleaf rosinweed); Poaceae: Elymus virginicus (Virginia wild rye), Sorghum sp. (cultivated sorghum).”

Speckled Sharpshooter

Thank you for the quick id!  I never mind having planthoppers in my garden, so he/she is welcome to hang out.

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