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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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Subject: Unidentified Beetle
Location: Northern edge of Pottstown, PA
July 16, 2017 9:47 am
Sort of a weevil shaped insect, bright red/orange and black with bright white spots on body and legs.
I’ve never seen one of these before, and can’t find one on the web searching several sites. Do you know what it is? Since I can’t find it in searches, wondering if it’s an introduced species. Found it on our deck post afternoon of July 15, 2017. My property has a small woods on two sides.
Signature: Olin Mittan

Immature Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Olin,
This is not a good sighting.  Years ago we identified this Asian creature as an immature White Cicada, and upon searching BugGuide records, we learned it is called a Spotted Lanternfly and “native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area (PA; confirmed in 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.”

Immature Spotted Lanternfly

Thanks for the quick response.  It turns out that the spotted lanternfly is known to exist in my township, and I was simply unaware.  We are instructed simply to kill any we encounter, but I reported it none the less.
Had it now been for your site, and response, I would still be unaware of the threat.
Thanks again for your help.
Olin Mittan

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Subject: Green Bug Killing My Veggie Garden
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
July 13, 2017 5:57 pm
Hi, bug man.
I have had a pretty impressive backyard vegetable garden for a couple of years now, but something is killing my plants, one by one. I went on vacation and came back to a completely dead zucchini section, and three weeks later, my bush beans are dying in a similar way. Upon extra-close inspection, I noticed that most of the stems are covered in a colony of green bugs, exactly the same shade of green as the plant stems. I also noticed a heavy concentration of ants, and when I looked at the soil around the plant, it was crawling not only with ants, but also with brown versions of the same bug! If it helps, it’s the middle of July, and generally between 85-100 degrees with 40-80% humidity. What is this crazy chameleon bug, and how do I get it to leave my plants alone?!
Signature: Desperately, Katelyn

Buffalo Treehopper Nymph

Dear Katelyn,
This is a Buffalo Treehopper Nymph.  They have mouths designed to pierce the membranes of plants so that they can suck the nourishing fluids.  They exude honeydew, which is why they are being tended by Ants.  Here is a BugGuide image for verification.

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Subject: Cicadella?
Location: Western Maryland
July 11, 2017 8:06 am
Found this beautiful little guy on my catalpa tree while I was admiring the color variations of the gorgeous catalpa worms. The closest picture I could find was of cicadella sp. but not sure if they are found in this part of the world.
Signature: Insect lover

Broadheaded Sharpshooter

Dear Insect lover,
Cicadella is a genus of Leafhoppers found in Europe.  This is a Broadheaded Sharpshooter, Oncometopia orbona, another species of Leafhopper.  We just posted an image of a Broadheaded Leafhopper from Virginia yesterday.

Wow! Thanks for the quick response! I found the ID of the sharpshooter on your site AFTER I submitted by request. Do you get a lot of requests about the catalpa worms? They are impressive and I hope people don’t kill too many of them as they are important for fertilizing the tree.

Hello again Insect Lover.  By Catalpa Worm, do you mean the larvae of the Catalpa Sphinx?  Please submit images and we will post them, though please use our standard form at Ask What’s That Bug? for each new submission.

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Subject: Little unknown beetle
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
July 9, 2017 2:37 pm
Got a close up of this little dude. Maybe 12-15MM long, and jumps. Any ideas?
Signature: Thanks!

Broadheaded Sharpshooter

This is NOT a beetle.  It is a Leafhopper commonly called a Broadheaded Sharpshooter which you can verify on BugGuide.

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