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Subject:  Ants protect it.
Geographic location of the bug:  Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Date: 01/22/2018
Time: 04:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this “button” like thing, along with a few other attached to a chia stem. Ants seems to be feeding from them and protects them.
How you want your letter signed:  Quique.

Scale Insect

Dear Quique,
We feel pretty confident this is a Scale Insect in the Hemiptera superfamily Coccoidea which includes Mealybugs as well as Scale Insects.  These are plant parasitic Hemipterans that are immobile as adults.  Like many other Hemipterans, including Aphids and many Hoppers, the Scale Insects exude a sweet “honeydew” that is attractive to Ants, so Ants often care for the Hemipterans.  Planet Natural has a nice posting regarding Scale Insects.

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Subject:  Black & blue striped flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, KZN, South Africa
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 05:03 AM EDT
Hey bugman, I took a pic of this beautiful flying bug chilling on some mint leaves with his homie.
Is he a goodie or a baddie? What’s his name?
How you want your letter signed:  Farmer Budge

Blue-Striped Leafhopper

Dear Farmer Budge,
This is a Leafhopper in the family Cicidellidae, and it looks exactly like the individual pictured on Earth Touch News Network, but alas, it is not identified to the species level.  We believe it might be the Blue-Striped Leafhopper,
Poecilocarda cosmopolita, which is pictured on Photographs from South Africa.  The species is also pictured on iSpot.

Ok cool, thanks bugman. Just to be clear though, these guys definitely didn’t jump. They will only fly away when disturbed.
Thanks again.

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Subject:  Large abdomen bug with wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Alabama, USA
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:10 PM EDT
I’ve scoured the site, but have come up empty.  Could you identify this bug? Looks like flight would be impossible, I’m stumped!
How you want your letter signed:  Sam

Giant Bark Aphid

Dear Sam,
This is an Aphid, and after searching BugGuide, we believe it is a Giant Bark Aphid,
Longistigma caryae.  According to BugGuide:  “This is the largest aphid in North America with adults averaging about 1/4 inch long. They also have long legs which makes them appear even larger. Males and some females are winged but egg laying females are wingless. They are brown with black markings (giving them somewhat of a mottled appearance) and have short, black cornicles. When alive they are often partially covered with a bluish white, waxy secretion.”  Host trees include:  “American elm, pin oak, live oak, post oak, blackjack oak, pecan, hickory, sycamore, and golden rain tree. Other trees which might be infested include maple, basswood, birch, beech, walnut, chestnut, and willow.”

Giant Bark Aphid

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Please tell me what bug is this and if is dangerous thanks i (burnt the back have kids and couldn’t risk it)
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Jack

Pink Leafhopper

Dear Mr Jack,
This Pink Leafhopper, which might be
Gyponana gladia based on images posted to BugGuide, does not pose a threat to your children.  It is a plant feeding species.

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Subject:  What is this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Battery Park City, Manhattan NYC
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 06:25 PM EDT
I saw this insect in NYC on 10/14/17. I can not identify it with my insect field guide or any online resources. It is about ⅞ inch long, with two sets of veined wings, smallish eyes, and a proboscis type mouth. The legs are rather long.
How you want your letter signed:  Gerry LaPlante

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Gerry,
Based on this BugGuide image, this looks like a Giant Conifer Aphid to us. There is some helpful information on Influential Points where it states:  “This aphid has an entirely jet-black head, thorax and abdomen.”

Right on!!!
Thank you so much!
Looking at the photos available online, I agree with your assessment.

Gerry LaPlante
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Subject:  I.D
Geographic location of the bug:  Brenigsville , Pa.
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 04:11 PM EDT
Working in a development, storm water basin . Haven’t been  able to identify  so far . Is it native or invasive?
How you want your letter signed:  Andy

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Andy,
Alas, this is an invasive, exotic Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula.  According to BugGuide:  “native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area (PA)(1); currently (2017) known from 4 counties in PA” 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.”

Spotted Lanternfly

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