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Subject: Please identify this bug
Location: Irvine, CA
August 22, 2017 1:33 pm
This bug is hanging out on my milkweed plant. Please help me identify it so I can get rid of it.
Thank you!
Signature: Marta Rosener

Large Milkweed Bug and Oleander Aphids

Dear Marta,
The large insect in your image is a Large Milkweed Bug, and though they suck juices from plants, they feed mainly on the seeds and seed pods which will reduce the number of viable seeds produced by the plant, but it will not harm the plant.  The tiny, yellow Oleander Aphids are another story and they are injurious to the young shoots of your milkweed plants, but it also appears that the Large Milkweed Bug might be feeding on the Aphids.  According to BugGuide:  “In the course of feeding these bugs accumulate toxins from the milkweed, which can potentially sicken any predators foolish enough to ignore the bright colors which warn of their toxicity.”

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Subject: found this on top of my BBQ cover
Location: South San Francisco, California
August 19, 2017 12:01 am
He or she stood out like a sore thumb bright green on a Blacktop then it got blown over into the grass and I proceeded to try and take its picture. I had never seen anything like this only on TV I do a lot of gardening and notice on occasion on bug but this one really caught my eye I don’t know what it is I try to look it up can’t seem to find it I would say it was about between a quarter and a half inch long and the same in the Height
Signature: Terri E

Torpedo Bug

Dear Terri,
Commonly called a Torpedo Bug, this Flatid Planthopper goes by the scientific name
Siphanta acuta.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Australia, adventive elsewhere (New Zealand, Hawaii, S. Africa); established in CA” which makes it an Invasive Exotic Species.  It is described on BugGuide as being “green and triangular, with pink eyes and pointed head; forewings have many veins and cross veins, mimicking a leaf, and cover the body like the sides of a sloping roof when the insect is at rest.”

Torpedo Bug

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Subject: What is this insect?
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
August 5, 2017 1:01 pm
Found it on my deck on August 5th. It appears to have 2 pairs of wings (lower pair membranous) which it holds open over its back, and an iridescent gold body. Length is about 1/2 inch long. I don’t know where to start looking because I’m not sure to what group it belongs. Thanks!
Signature: Nancy B

Broadheaded Sharpshooter

Dear Nancy,
This is a Leafhopper known as a Sharpshooter, and we are quite certain your individual is a Broadheaded Sharpshooter.  Your image capturing the wings in this position is awesome, and not something we found in the 13 pages of images we searched on BugGuide.  Here is a nice BugGuide image with the wings flat.

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Subject: identify beetle please
Location: Minneapolis MN
August 4, 2017 4:00 pm
Thanks! Barely over a centimeter long. Is it a beetle? is there another order it could be under? I would like any information, maybe to the family level at least? Thanks.
Signature: Scott

Candystriped Leafhopper

Dear Scott,
This colorful creature is NOT a beetle.  It is a Candystriped Leafhopper.  Leafhoppers have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids from plants, so despite their beauty, they are not welcomed by home gardeners.

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Subject: Identification
Location: Santa Barbara CA
August 2, 2017 6:55 am
Hi, This little chap was on the side of my computer for most of the day. He was about 3-5 mm and sandy brown in color with some darker spots. His eyes look a bit like a chameleon’s eyes. I live in Santa Barbara CA, right near the beach. It is August right now and the temp has been around 75 degrees fahrenheit. I have never seen anything like it before and can find nothing similar online.
Signature: Michael

Issid Planthopper

Dear Michael,
This is a Planthopper in the family Issidae, the Issid Planthoppers.  We are relatively confident it is the Upright-Winged Hopper,
Dictyobia permutata, which is pictured on the Natural History of Orange County site.  Other members of the genus that look very similar are pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Unable to identify
Location: Berks County, PA
July 26, 2017 5:03 pm
This insect was found in my rasberry patch. Just curious if it’s a danger to them or to me. It just sat there as I dug through them.
Signature: CW

Spotted Lanternfly Nymph

Dear CW,
This is a recently arrived, Invasive Exotic species the immature Spotted Lanternfly or White Cicada.  According to BugGuide:  “native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area (PA; Berks Co. Sep 2014)” 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 plant eating species that uses its piercing mouthparts to suck nutrients from host plants.

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