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Subject:  Wood boring bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Berlin Center Ohio
Date: 07/24/2019
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My friend found these on her grandchildren’s swing set wooden post. She wants to know what they are? And if they are poisonous or a danger to her grandchildren. I’ve search every where and can not find anything. She told me that they don’t fly or jump because one of her grandchildren sprayed them with a water gun and they crawled away extremely fast.
How you want your letter signed:  MissMiss91

Barklice

Dear MissMiss91,
These are benign Barklice, and they will not harm your friend’s grandchildren, nor will they destroy the swing set as they are not wood boring insects.  They are often found on the bark of old trees and on old unpainted fences and other wooden structures where they feed on lichens.  Barklice are commonly called Tree Cattle.

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Subject:  Striped group
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Indiana
Date: 07/12/2019
Time: 03:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These are moving in a group on a maple tree. horizontal stripes with no wings. Curious as to what they are.
How you want your letter signed:  Kanita

Tree Cattle

Dear Kanita,
These are benign Barklice, commonly called Tree Cattle.

 

 

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Subject:  Insect on Carpinus caroliniana
Geographic location of the bug:  Dekalb County, IL
Date: 07/18/2018
Time: 03:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Never seen this on my prairie.
How you want your letter signed:  Jack Pizzo

Tree Cattle

Dear Jack,
We hope our response was not too late to save these benign Barklice or Tree Cattle.  Generally when insects congregate like this, they are plant pests, but Tree Cattle will not harm your tree.  They feed on lichens.

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Subject:  Strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Beaufort, NC
Date: 05/29/2018
Time: 07:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have recently seen these bugs on a crepe murtle tree
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Barklice

Dear Curious,
These are benign Barklice, commonly called Tree Cattle.  They will not harm your tree. 

Thank you so. I hope for the quick reply.  I had previously sent the same photos to our pest control company and they told me the bugs treehopping nymphs that should be eradicated (for a price of course). It would appear that they were wrong.  I did look up about barklice and I know now that I should check the tree to see if it is healthy or not
Thanks again and what a great service this site does
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Subject:  What are these bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Chiriqui province Panama
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 12:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This group of insects were high up in a Cecropia tree. Some appear to be winged and others have what looks like long rear legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Linda Scott

Barklice

Dear Linda,
These are Barklice or Tree Cattle in the insect order Psocoptera, and though we were not able to locate any similar looking species from Panama or surrounding countries, we did locate this somewhat similar looking individual from Bolivia on FlickR.

Daniel,
Thank you for your help. The photo was poor quality due to the bugs being so high in the tree so I am amazed that you could id it so quickly. I will study what you sent. I am curious about the winged bugs that were with the ones with large hind legs, the winged ones seemed to be herding or at least following the others.
Thank you for your website.
Linda Scott

Hi again Linda,
The winged individuals are adults, and the immature individuals have not yet developed wings.

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Subject:  Bug identification in buckwheat
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle WA
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 04:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I develop natural filled bed pillows and we recently came across a bugs in our pillows that are filled with buckwheat hulls. We are trying to get them identified to better know how to treat our problem. We normally order the buckwheat from a local supplier that imports it from Europe.  Any insight would help.
How you want your letter signed:  Best, Beatrice

Booklouse

Dear Beatrice,
You have Booklice.  The good news is that according to Bugwood Wiki:  “Within a home booklice are almost always found in damp areas that support the molds on which they feed. Bathrooms are common areas where they are encountered. Occasionally they may build in large numbers on grain products that have been stored poorly. The common name relates to their occasional association with books, papers and fabrics where they feed on the starchy materials (e.g., glues, fillers). Booklice are considered to be very minor household pests and the arid climate of Colorado suppresses the occurrence of many species. Booklice cannot bite humans.”  The bad news is that despite being somewhat benign, the presence of large numbers of Booklice in your pillows will probably be off-putting to some customers.  Furthermore, your damp Seattle climate is probably contributing to the Booklice reproducing and increasing their numbers.

Booklice

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