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Subject: Please ID
Location: Paramount CA
July 27, 2016 7:05 pm
Its late July when I felt something near my armpits the stretch mark area there was something ive never seen and I know more than your average person about wild life.
Signature: Brian

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Dear Brian,
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.  The biggest problem is that it can spread the disease-causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa.”

Daniel,
Thanks for your service.  Should I see a doctor?

Dear Brian,
While we cannot say for certain if you have cause to see a doctor, your interaction with this Glassy Winged Sharpshooter is no cause for concern.  The bacterium mentioned is a disease agent for grape vines, not people.

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Subject: Curious to know the name of this insect.
Location: GUWAHATI, NORTHEAST INDIA.
July 23, 2016 3:22 am
Will be very thankful with your reply.
Signature: Any

Thorn Mimic Treehopper:

Thorn Mimic Treehopper:

Dear Any,
We are confident that we have identified your Thorn Mimic Treehopper in the family Membracidae as
 Leptocentrus taurus since we have found corroboration on India Nature Watch and Biodiversity India

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Subject: freak bug
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
July 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Spotted this guy on a hike in West Virginia… can’t tell if it’s a beetle or maybe something emerging from casing…. help?
Signature: DJ

Two Lined Spittlebug

Two Lined Spittlebug

Dear DJ,
This Two Lined Spittlebug,
Prosapia bicincta, is a free living Hemipteran, not a Beetle.

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Subject: Meanest looking two-lined spittle bug
Location: Troy, VA
July 2, 2016 11:05 am
This bug looked so cute till I blew it up. Now it just looks dangerous, it’s still pretty though. Love the red face.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Two-Lined Spittlebug

Two-Lined Spittlebug

Dear Grace,
Thanks for sending in your image of a Two-Lined Spittlebug,
Prosapia bicincta.  According to BugGuide:  “In the immature (nymph) stage (surrounded by the “spittle” foam which protects them, and which they produce from juices they suck from the plant) they feed on centipedegrass, bermudagrass and other grasses, including occasionally corn.
Adults feed on hollies – they feed on the underside of leaves, and damage shows up as pale mottling not usually visible from above.”

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Subject: What is this
Location: overland park, kansas
June 27, 2016 2:08 pm
I saw this speck of fluff the outer day, blowing around. Realized it wasn’t fluff, but a flying creature. Can you identify it?
Signature: Ellen Zipf

Woolly Aphid

Woolly Aphid

Dear Ellen,
Many folks liken the appearance of Woolly Aphids to Angels or Fairies.

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Subject: Is this a dangerous bug?
Location: Orange County California
June 22, 2016 8:39 pm
Hey there,
You probably won’t remember as it was many years ago but we actually met you at an art conference in Pasadena, I was presenting a paper on beauty for my MFA in photography at SPE and you were in one of the seminars & we got to chatting w/my husband… Anyhow, I’m glad to see you site is still going strong and I actually have a bed related question.
Do you know what the guy in my pictures is? They’ve been living on my stephanotis jasmine forever & now one is visiting my new passiflora lady Margaret. From what I can tell he hasn’t harmed the jasmine at all, just sorta sits there..sheds once in a while but I’ve seen no holes in leaves or dead leaves w/evidence of bug bites or anything, and the flowers bloom happily, etc. is it any risk to Passion flowers? My passiflora Edulis has lived nearby for over a year & I see no bug damage to that plant from him either..
Someone did mention it could be a type of sharpshooter bug which can be dangerous to some plants like grape growers deal with, I do have the edible passionflower and I don’t want to lose that or any of my other plants like orchids, mold, multiple jasmine varieties, tomatoes, and a lemon tree. Is this guy dangerous to any of that? And if so, how do I get rid of it in a natural way? Thanks in advance 🙂 take care
Signature: Ioana

Sharpshooter

Sharpshooter

Hi Ioana,
How nice to hear from you.  That SPE conference on Beauty was many years ago.  This is some species of Leafhopper known as a Sharpshooter, and they are insects with mouths designed to pierce and suck nourishment, and in their case it is nourishment from the young shoots on your plants.  Many Leafhoppers and Treehoppers spread viral or bacterial infections from plant to plant while feeding.  This might be a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter based on this BugGuide image and according to BugGuide, it is “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.  The biggest problem is that it can spread the disease-causing bacterium
Xylella fastidiosa.”  We would not want to eliminate the possibility that it is a member of another genus of Sharpshooters, like Oncometopia, also pictured on BugGuide.

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