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Subject:  Bug on my strawberries
Geographic location of the bug:  Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Date: 06/08/2019
Time: 12:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this? All over my plant
How you want your letter signed:  Sandy

Spotted Lanternfly Nymph

Dear Sandy,
We regret that we bear bad news.  This is an immature Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula, an invasive exotic species from Asia that is spreading in and beyond Pennsylvania since its recent introduction in 2014.  According to BugGuide:  “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area(1). Currently (2018) known from 6 counties in PA; also found in DE, NY, VA.” 

Thank you for this information.  A neighbor had to take down a tree last summer from these pests.  They were all over the area. I had called a hotline number and they were aware they were in our area. Not sure what is being done. I kill them when I see one.
Thanks again.

Subject:  Net winged beetle(?) + something
Geographic location of the bug:  Abruzzo, Italy
Date: 05/14/2019
Time: 03:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel
Last 2 for a while, if you don’t mind.
First one is, I suspect, a Net winged beetle of the Lycidae family.
The second, I have to admit, has me totally stumped.  It doesn’t appear to be a True Bug, moth or butterfly and cannot find any images of beetles even remotely similar.
Your help would be very gratefully received.
How you want your letter signed:  Fof

Red and Black Froghopper

Dear Fof,
We quickly identified your Red and Black Froghopper,
Cercopis vulnerata, thanks to Alamy and the British Bugs site where it states:  “A truly unmistakable species, and one of our largest homopterans. The nymphs are rarely seen, as they feed on underground roots.”  According to iNaturalist:  “This species is present in most of Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Spain, the former Yugoslavia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary, Great Britain and Italy).”  As with other Hemipterans that have mouths designed to pierce and suck, they might cause wilting of tender stems if they are plentiful, but a greater problem is the spreading of pathogens from plant to plant while they feed, based on what we found on EuroFresh.  We never heard back from you after we identified your Common Picturewing from Vietnam.

Red and Black Froghopper

Subject:  Weird looking bug that grey and pink.
Geographic location of the bug:  Washinton,Pa
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Finally found out what this bug is! A spotted lanternfly,an invasive Asian insect that is quarantined in Eastern,Pa now!
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Maurice,
You are correct.  This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly and it is nice to remind our readers from Pennsylvania to watch out for infestations.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kauai, Hawai’i
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 11:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi and good day. I found this guy and was able to get a video of him on my leg at 90x magnification.
I thought he was a tick, at first but he doesn’t seem to be classified that way.
How you want your letter signed:  Samn


Dear Samn,
This sure looks like an Aphid to us.

Subject:  Borer Maybe?
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles
Date: 04/15/2019
Time: 04:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can anyone tell me what this bug is called and how to get rid of it? It’s super fast and skirts across branches to dodge you when you try to get a good look. It also sits on the tree and drips piss or something constantly so it looks like mist falling down. I’m pretty sure these things are killing a tree I planted recently.
How you want your letter signed:  JV

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

Dear JV,
This is not a Borer.  This appears to be a Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter,
Homalodisca vitripennis, an invasive species that feeds by sucking fluids from plants.  Though large infestations might cause twigs to wilt or wither, there is a bigger threat of diseases spread by Sharpshooters.  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.”

Subject:  What is this cool looking insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Louisiana
Date: 04/14/2019
Time: 06:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was wondering that this insect is called
How you want your letter signed:  Skylar

Oak Treehopper

Dear Skylar,
The Oak Treehopper is surely a distinctive looking insect.  According to BugGuide, its habitat is:  “Forests and forest edges, parks, and anywhere Oak trees are found. Occasionally found on other trees, but these individuals were probably just resting on those non-Oak trees.”