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Subject: Bug from the Ear
Location: Florida
November 20, 2016 8:54 am
My Brother in Florida got this out of his ear after Bike riding!
Signature: JA

Froghopper

Froghopper

Dear JA,
This looks like a Froghopper or Spittlebug to us.  There are many brown species.  The name Spittlebug refers to the behavior of the nymphs which create a frothy mass resembling spittle while they are feeding on the fluids they suck from many plants and grasses.

 

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Subject: Bug
Location: Caboolture
November 18, 2016 5:47 am
A friend found this on a plant stalk and wondered what it is..
Signature: Admiral.

Giant Scale Insect

Snowball Large Mealybug

Dear Admiral,
This is a Snowball Large Mealybug in the genus
Monophlebulus.  We have received several submissions through the years.

Giant Scale Insect

Snowball Large Mealybug

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Subject: Willow Borer?
Location: West Valley City, UT (Near Salt Lake City)
November 14, 2016 11:06 am
I was out in my backyard and i seen this wet spot on my patio, i looked up and seen it was coming from a branch on my umbrella willow, i looked and went to touch it and the whole branch started moving! There were it seemed like thousands of these things on this one spot of the tree. I looked more over on both trees I have, and these things are all over both trees in several locations. Can you tell me what this is? and how to fix it maybe??
Thanks so much!
Signature: Rich Kauss

Giant Willow Aphids

Giant Willow Aphids

Hi Rich,
Though it is not a boring insect, the Giant Willow Aphid is nonetheless no beneficial on your tree.  Like other Aphids, they suck the nourishing fluids from their plant hosts.  According to BugGuide, the Giant Willow Native,
Tuberolachnus salignus, is:  “Non native, introduced from Europe around 1872. Considered a minor pest” and “According to Dr. Tilly Collins, the Giant Willow Aphid is ‘genetically incompatible with sexual reproduction and reproduces parthenogenetically year-round.'”  Many Aphids are parthenogenic or give live birth at some times, but it seems the Giant Willow Aphid must give live birth without sexually commingling its genetic code at all times.

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Subject: China bug
Location: Shanhaiguan, China
October 27, 2016 7:45 am
We saw several of these bugs in Hebei province (east of Beijing, on the coast) in early September. The body was a real eye opening red! Any ideas of species?
Signature: Su

White Cicada

White Cicada

Dear Su,
Though it is commonly called a White Cicada,
 Lycorma delicatula is actually a Fulgorid Leafhopper.  Your images are of winged adults.  We have more images in our archive of the brightly colored nymphs.

White Cicada

White Cicada

THANK YOU!  That was really helpful.  I think the pictures of the nymphs are amazing.
Su

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Subject: Green mini ? fly
Location: Nayarit, Mexico
September 30, 2016 6:31 pm
I’m in the west coast tropics of Mexico. You published my picture of a tailless whip scorpion a few years back. I’m amazed by the diversity of new bugs that show up after each rainstorm down here.
Every time I show a new bug to a local friend, he just shrugs his shoulders (if he’s not terrified by the bug :-)) and says nueva lluvia nuevo animal!
Anyway, this one is the only example I have ever seen, so I hope you can let me know what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Steve in the tropics of Nayarit.

Free-Living Hemipteran: Planthopper or Other???

Free-Living Hemipteran: Planthopper or Other???

Dear Steve,
This is a Free-Living Hemipteran from the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, a group that includes Cicadas, Leafhopper, Treehoppers and Planthoppers.  Though it resembles a small Cicada, we believe it is a Planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea.  We will continue to research its identity.

Free-Living Hemipteran

Free-Living Hemipteran

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Subject: rhinmotherous?
Location: Ontario, Canada
September 27, 2016 7:24 pm
A friend in Ontario happened across this little guy during a walk. He’s so nifty I just have to know what he is!
Signature: Dee

Treehopper

Treehopper

Dear Dee,
This is a thorn-mimic Treehopper in the family Membracidae.  We were not able to locate an exact visual match on BugGuide, but we will get back to researching this again later in the day.  Meanwhile, perhaps our readership will be able to assist with this identification.

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