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Subject:  strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg  South Africa
Date: 03/05/2018
Time: 05:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What on earth is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Adrian

Free Living Hemipteran

Dear Adrian,
This is a wonderful image.  We believe this is a Free Living Hemipteran, a group that includes Planthoppers and Treehoppers, but we are uncertain of the family to which it belongs.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to determine a species for us.

Thanks for that.  I thought it must be a plant hopper of sorts.  I’ve got lots of the common green and brown ones in my garden but I have never come across this guy before.  Very different.
If you want or need macro shots of insects for reference, I have more than 200 different insects in my garden!  I walk around the garden almost every day and each time I find at least one new species I haven’t seen before. Most interesting.

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Subject:  Which insect it is?
Geographic location of the bug:  India
Date: 02/15/2018
Time: 12:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Sir, i found this insect in my balcony . Will you please help me out with this insect?
How you want your letter signed:  An uncanny arthropod

Lanternfly

This is some species of Lanternfly, and we believe it is Kalidasa lanata based on this Project Noah image.

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Subject:  Cicada/planthopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Muyil, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Date: 01/30/2018
Time: 10:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This cool looking small cicada or very large planthopper was about an inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Ben

Planthopper

Dear Ben,
We are declaring your awesome images of a Mexican Planthopper as our Bug of the Month for February 2018, but the winter day is so glorious in Los Angeles we must go outdoors, procrastinating any actual research into its identity for later.

Planthopper

Ah, my 15 minutes of fame.
Looking forward to learning more.
Thanks,
Ben

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Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  The Gambia
Date: 01/11/2018
Time: 08:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
I have long wondered what this is, taken in the Gambia in 2008. Not sure if its a bug or a strange moth. I would be grateful if you could help ID it
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Richard Heath

Lanternfly

Dear Richard,
This free-living Hemipteran in the family Fulgoridae is commonly called a Lanternfly.  There is a similar looking Lanternfly from Gambia posted to FlickR.

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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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