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Subject:  Please help … I can’t find what insect this is
Geographic location of the bug:  South-Africa Gauteng
Date: 02/22/2020
Time: 08:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help.
I found this bug …
I don’t know if its a moth or butterfly or anything else.
It started to lay eggs in the Jar I put her in.
Green with white and black spots with a red body and a white tail were the eggs are coming out.
It walks backwards and sidewards.
How you want your letter signed:  K.Krugel

Mottled Avocado Bug

Dear K.Krugel,
This is neither a butterfly nor a moth.  It is a Planthopper.   We found it pictured but not identified on iStock Getty Photo.  We then located an image in our archives that we identified as the Mottled Avocado Bug,
Parapioxys jucundus.  Here is a FlickR image.  It is described in the Field Guide to Insects of South Africa as:  “a probable lichen-mimic, has a very broad head, and is vividly coloured, with emerald green fore wings with concentrations of white spots and blotches, overlaid with black spots.”

Mottled Avocado Bug


Subject:  Unknown insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa Ontario Canada
Date: 02/06/2020
Time: 12:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Not sure if these are thrips or aphids? any help identifying and eradicating these would be appreciated. This is my third indoor crop over winter that has been infested over this winter so far 🙁
Thank you very much!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Aphids on Cannabis

Dear Dave,
These appear to be Aphids, and they appear to be on a
Cannabis leaflet, so we are assuming you are growing Marijuana indoors.  This article on Canna Connection might have some helpful information for you as does Royal Queen Seeds.  Because female Aphids are able to give birth asexually, they do not require mating and populations of Aphids can increase quite rapidly.  Indoor growing has its own set of challenges, and keeping plants pest-free is often difficult.

Excellent! Thank you so much for the references.. I’ll do my best to eradicate these tiny pests.. you’ve been most helpful!
Take good care my friend!

Subject:  Bug I can’t identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern NJ
Date: 11/11/2019
Time: 01:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw these on a pin oak this morning
How you want your letter signed:  Ryan Moore

Giant Bark Aphids

Dear Ryan,
We quickly identified what we suspected were Giant Bark Aphids,
Longistigma caryae, on BugGuide, but there were no images of what we suspected might be eggs.  The Bug of the Week site has a nice image with the caption:  “Eggs of the giant bark aphid are the overwintering stage. They line small branches by the thousands and change from amber to black as they age.”

Giant Bark Aphids

Giant Bark Aphids

Subject:  Stumped me!
Geographic location of the bug:  Poconos, PA
Date: 10/21/2019
Time: 07:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m the go-to bug identification nerd for friends and family; if I don’t know them outright, I can almost always track them down on What’s That Bug. This one, though, evades me. Any chance you can help out? this is the only photo  they got. Thanks very much.
How you want your letter signed:  Rob W.

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Rob,
This is an invasive, exotic Spotted Lanternfly
Lycorma delicatula, and according to BugGuide:  “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area” and “earliest NA record: PA 2014.”

Subject:  1cm insect with 4 wings (9/15/19,6pm)
Geographic location of the bug:  Riverside, California
Date: 09/15/2019
Time: 09:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug sitting on my indoor bamboo plant,it would scurry outta my sight like a squirrel on a tree. It looks like it has 2 eyes on either side but the underside that is yellow resembles the texture a flys eye.
How you want your letter signed:  V

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Dear V,
This is a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter,
Homalodisca vitripennis, and according to BugGuide:  “A major vector of Pierce’s disease on grape. Usually not a serious pest within its native range, southeastern US. This species was accidentally introduced into so. California in the early 1990s, probably with ornamental or agricultural stock. There, it has become a serious threat to viticulture.”  According to Featured Creatures, the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter:  “feeds in the xylem, the water conducting tissue of both herbaceous and woody plants. Its known host range is vast, including more than 100 plant species (Turner and Pollard). Preferred plants depend on the season and locality, but, in general, the preferred species include crape myrtle, citrus, and holly. Glassy-winged sharpshooters tend to feed on last-year’s growth and meristematic growth (Mizell and French), and excrete copious amounts of liquid as they feed. The sharpshooters ingest 100 to 300 times their dry body weight in xylem fluid per day, and in large populations, their high volume of excreta (“leafhopper rain”) can become a problem, leaving white residue on leaves.”  We have received reports of the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter on Cannabis, including this submission by a regular contributor, Constant Gardener.

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


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.