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Subject:  Elm scale?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brighton, UK
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 03:08 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this bug?!
Is it a bug in cocoon form?
How you want your letter signed:  BugGirl

Scale Insects

Dear BugGirl,
These are definitely Scale Insects, and we suspect you questioned if they are Elm Scale because they were found on an elm tree.  There is an image of Horse Chestnut Scales, Pulvinaria regalis, on the Bedfordshire Natural History Society site that looks very similar and this information is provided:  “This species probably originates in Asia, but has become widespread in central and northwest Europe since the 1960s. It is broadly polyphagous on woody plants. It is the most common coccid in urban areas throughout most of Britain but also occurs at low densities in rural areas. In Beds it has been found in Bedford, Bigglesworth, Caddington, Dunstable, Flitwick, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Luton Hoo, Sandy, Swiss Cottage and Whipsnade; on bay laurel, elm, ivy, horse chestnut, lime, maple and sycamore.”

Thank you so much for getting back to me.
I love your site!
Best
BugGirl
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Subject:  Possible Fairy or Yucca Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Nature Trail in SE New Mexico
Date: 05/22/2018
Time: 11:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this guy last weekend while walking on a nature trail in SE New Mexico.  We almost missed him.  He is so tiny.  We weren’t even sure it was an insect until we took a closer look.  He was so small, we couldn’t get the camera to focus on it without putting a hand behind it.  The next day I found two on the same bush, or at least one in the same area.  They didn’t move the entire time we examined them.
We looked on line, and the closest match we could find was fairy moths or yucca moths.  However, we could not see any antenna on the guys we found.  The photos on the Bug Guide site all seemed to have noticeable antenna.  There are yucca and ocotillo on the nature trail, but none of them are in bloom, yet.
Thanks for all you do to educate us.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Flatid Planthopper

Dear Curious,
We do not believe these are moths.  In our opinion, they look like Flatid Planthopper, possibly 
Flatormenis saucia which is pictured on BugGuide and is reported from New Mexico, or possibly a different species.  Flatid Planthoppers are Free-Living Hemipterans that feed by sucking fluids from plants with their piercing mouthparts.

Flatid Planthopper

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Subject:  On my woody plant
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 05/13/2018
Time: 11:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s That Bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Max Yield

Aphid

Dear Max Yield,
This is an Aphid that feeds by piercing the soft membranes of new shoots of plants and sucking the fluids.  Aphids will quickly multiply.  Ants have a symbiotic relationship with Aphids, caring for them and moving them to new plants, spreading the infestations.  Ants benefit by feeding off the honeydew excreted by Aphids and Aphids benefit from the protection.  An Aphid infestation will compromise the health of your plant and tender shoots will sometimes wither when there are large numbers of Aphids. 

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Subject:  What is this cool looking guy
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida
Date: 04/01/2018
Time: 05:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just trying to identify this little guy
How you want your letter signed:  Daniel Hopper

Oak Treehopper

Dear Daniel,
This is an Oak Treehopper.  According to BugGuide:  “Does almost no damage to the host trees—leaves only a few twig scars from oviposition.  There are four named varieties and several other color variations, and some individuals lack the pronotal horn.” 

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Subject:  Unknown bug, thornbug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oceanside, CA
Date: 03/13/2018
Time: 11:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would love to know the ID of this tiny alien-looking bug.  I  found thousands of these bugs on a bush in my yard in June of last year.  They are less than a 1/4 inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Heidi G

Immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers

Dear Heidi,
Though you did not specify what type of bush in your yard you found these immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers living upon, we are speculating they were feeding by sucking the fluids from a tomato plant, pepper plant or some other member of the family Solanaceae.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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Hi Daniel,
Just spotted this (so to speak) on Daily Kos: a Chinese lanternfly that has turned up in Pennsylvania, which feeds on Ailanthus.
Full detailed, informative, article here: https://tinyurl.com/ydeb2fma
And here’s a pic of the critter from that post:

Thought What’s That Bug might be interested.
Best Wishes,
Julian P. Donahue

Spotted Lanternfly

Thanks Julian,
WTB? has gotten about five reports of Spotted Lanternflies or White Cicadas from Pennsylvania in the past year.  The oldest posting is from January 2017.

We did not know they fed on ailanthus.  unfortunately, we do not believe their diet is limited to Ailanthus.  Even if that were the case, we doubt they would have much effect on that invasive tree.  The Daily Kos states:  “Both nymphs and adult SLF cause damage when they feed, sucking sap from stems and leaves. The adult SLF prefers the invasive tree of heaven (
Ailanthus altissima) as its primary host. The nymph stages will use numerous plants as hosts.”

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