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Brazil bug
Location: Rio Negro, Brazil
July 31, 2011 3:56 pm
I found this beauty off the Rio Negro, north of Manaus, Brazil, close to Barcelos. Any idea what it could be? Definitely the strangest insect I’ve seen with my own two eyes!
Thank you very much!
Jason Drake
Signature: Jason D.

Fulgorid Planthopper

Hi Jason,
This unusual insect is a Fulgorid Planthopper, a diverse group of insects with many exotic members, especially those residing in the tropics.  The white filaments are actually a waxy substance produced by the insect, presumably for protection.  Many members of the insect order Hemiptera, and that includes the Fulgorids, produces similar waxy secretions.  While we do not know the exact species, we did find a matching photo on the Animals and Earth website.

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July 31, 2011
Each month, on the fourth Sunday of the month, the Mt Washington Beautification Committee, co-hosted by Clare Marter Kenyon and Daniel Marlos, meets at 9:30 AM near the Red Barn in Elyria Canyon State Park.  Clare takes the lead with native plant germination in the nursery and Daniel goes out weeding in areas that need special attention.  This month the weeds that were targeted were invasive Conyza and an unidentified yellow thistle type plant.  Daniel is especially concerned about invasive weeds crowding out the native milkweed.  Elizabeth is seen pulling weeds from around the milkweed. 

                            CLICK TO ENLARGE                         Elyria Canyon Work Party August 28, 2011

There is a wealth of insect life on the milkweed.  Daniel saw two Monarch caterpillars of approximately the same age.  They were on two different plants about ten feet apart.

Monarch Caterpillar 20110731 AM

Two different caterpillars were photographed in the morning, but in the afternoon, only the one feeding on the leaves was photographed.  The other Monarch Caterpillar was feeding on blossoms.  The detail that is missing from the live experience in the static photo is the twitching of the front fleshy pseudo-antennae.

Monarch Caterpillar 20110731 PM

While they were not plentiful, adult Large Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus, were found singly or in pairs on the blossoms. 

Large Milkweed Bugs

One pair was caught In Flagrante Delicto.

Large Milkweed Bugs Mating


…  And the last of the insects found on the Indian Milkweed, Asclapias eriocarpa, were the yellow Milkweed Aphids.

Milkweed Aphids are tended by Argentine Sugar Ants

If you live in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mt Washington, or nearby Highland Park, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, South Pasadena, Atwater Villiage or Silverlake, and you want to volunteer some time on the fourth Sunday of August, come join us.  Most of our volunteers walk in from various entry points to Elyria Canyon Park, but there is one small parking lot at the end of Wollum Street near the intersection of Division Street.  Park in the lot and walk up the path.  When the path divides, take the right path and wind uphill through the trees.  When you get to the crest, you should be able to see the Red Barn down below.  Stay on the paths to avoid poison oak.  Take note that there is a gate on Bridgeport Drive, and we do not recommend parking there to drive to Elyria Canyon Park.  If you would like additional information, please leave a comment.




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White feathery insect
Location: Biggsville, Il.
July 29, 2011 4:47 pm
I saw this small white angel shaped insect in the shade garden on July 10th. I have seen it since then but it was flying or better said floating in the wind. It is about a 1/4” in length. I apologize for the clarity of the picture. Thanks for your help in advance.
Signature: Randy Anderson

Woolly Aphid

Hi Randy,
This is a Woolly Aphid in the subfamily Eriosomatinae, and we do not have the necessary skills to identify it to the species level, but you may compare your image to this photo on BugGuide.  It is the end of the month, and we frequently get requests to identify a small white fairy insect, and many times no photos are included because Woolly Aphids are so tiny.  We have decided to feature your photo as our Bug of the Month for August 2011, and we won’t go live with the posting until tomorrow.

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Treehopper from Brazil
Location: Brazil, Northern Pantanal (MT)
July 16, 2011 11:23 am
Hello, I have photographed this Treehopper in Brazil, Northern Pantanal.
Shearching the Internet, I have found this page and thought mine was very similar.
I liked the site and decided to register to try to ID this…

Unknown Treehopper from Brazil

We still do not know the identity of this spectacular Treehopper, and perhaps this additional posting will lead to a proper species identification.

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Rhinoceros cicada
Location: Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
July 10, 2011 7:58 pm
I took a photo of this pair of ’rhinoceros cicadas’ in Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia in 2005. Any idea what they are? Rhinoceros cicada, was what our guide called them, but that doesn’t help much!
Signature: Miles

Fulgorid Planthoppers

Hi Miles,
These are Fulgorid Planthoppers in the family Fulgoridae, commonly called Lanternflies.  They are related to Cicadas, so Rhinoceros Cicada might be a local name that we hadn’t heard before.

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Fluffy little gnats
Location: Foristell, MO
July 10, 2011 1:09 am
These fuzzy little guys come flying around my house near St. Louis, Missouri in early June each year. Their wings look like some sort of fly, but they’re as small as a gnat. They look like little pieces of cotton fluff floating through the air until they change direction. I haven’t had any luck finding them on your site. Can you tell me what they are? ps – absolutely love your site!
Signature: Kathy Spalinger

Woolly Aphid

Hi Kathy,
We haven’t posted a recent photo of a Woolly Aphid in some time.  Woolly Aphids are in the subfamily Eriosomatinae and according to BugGuide:  “Nearly all members of this subfamily alternate between host plants, generally with a woody primary host (on which overwintering eggs are laid, and on which some species induce galls) and an herbaceous secondary host.”

Wow, thanks for the superfast response.  I never even thought of looking under aphids – they have such big wings.  Glad to know what they are.  They seem to love landing on our basil plants, but I never see them eating anything, so I wasn’t too concerned.  Cute little bugs.
Keep up the great work!  I show the site to people all the time, because I just love the beautiful, fascinating photos from all over the world.
Thanks again,

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