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Subject:  Very strange insect!
Geographic location of the bug:  Great Falls, VA
Date: 06/30/2021
Time: 11:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!   You helped me identify a pseudoscorpion in Boston in the nineties!  Now I have seen the strangest bug ever in Virginia.  It was less than a centimeter, brown with white markings, slowly walking along.
How you want your letter signed:  Elise H

Lace Bug

Dear Elise,
We love hearing back from folks after years have passed, but we believe your timeline needs a bit of adjusting.  Though Daniel did begin What’s That Bug? in the late 90s, it was a column in a printed “zine” until American Homebody went online after about two years, and What’s That Bug? became a unique website in 2002.  We were unable to locate any ubmissions from Elise or from Boston in our Pseudoscorpions archives, but there were countless identifications we made that did not get posted live to our site.  Your current submission is a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae. According to BugGuide they:  “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.”

Wow, thank you!!   I will look it up and share the info with everyone.   Really appreciate it.  You’re awesome!  Happy 4th!

Subject:  Small box-like fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Pennsylvania
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 12:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Just yesterday, this odd tiny, clear/brown fly landed on my hand. The bottom half of the wings are totally square. The pattern sort of makes it look like a lobster? I’ve never seen one of these before in any season, not just summer, so I’d love to know what it is! I know it’s a little hard to see, I didn’t want to get too close without scaring it away.
How you want your letter signed:  Bugfriend

Walnut Lace Bug

Dear Bugfriend,
Perhaps this Lace Bug in the family Tingidae was attracted to your festive nail finish.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that it is a Walnut Lace Bug,
Corythucha juglandis.  According to BugGuide:  “Both adults and nymphs are found together on the lower surfaces of walnut leaflets where they suck the sap from the leaves. More than 100 nymphs and adults may be present at one time on one leaflet. Areas where they have fed are easily recognized because of cast skins, excrement, and dark, discolored patches of leaf. The upper leaf surface is stippled with tiny white spots that give the upper leaf surface a whitish appearance. Leaves of heavily infested trees may turn brown and fall off.”

Subject:  New bug outside
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Pennsylvania
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 03:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
We found this bug recently after getting wood from our wood pile, now we are finding them all over our yard and pool deck. They appear flat, can be squished, move easily over skin, seem to like wood, are very small, brown and seem to almost be one piece as opposed to having legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Tom

Lace Bug

Dear Tom,
This is a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae, and though your image is lacking in clarity, it appears it might be an Elm Lace Bug which is pictured on BugGuide, or a Cherry Lace Bug which is also pictured on BugGuide.  Of the genus that contains both,
Corythucha, BugGuide notes:  “Leaf feeders, most species have restricted food preferences” and “Some are considered pests.”

Subject: WAFFLE BUG
Location: Courtice, Ontario Canada
September 9, 2016 5:40 pm
I found this unusual bug on a leaf near the golden rod plants.
Really different than anything I’ve seen before. It was eating the leaf. there were light tan colored ones and all white ones. they look like waffles. Hope you have an idea what they are.
Signature: Terri Martin

Chrysanthemum Lace Bug

Chrysanthemum Lace Bug

Dear Terri,
Thanks to providing us with the host plant Goldenrod, we feel quite confident your Lace Bug is a Chrysanthemum Lace Bug,
Corythucha marmorata, because according to BugGuide:  “hosts: several species of Asteraceae; reported from Solidago, Aster, Ambrosia, Helianthus, Rudbeckia, Echinops.”  Solidago is the genus for Goldenrod.

Subject: What’s That Bug?
Location: Ridgecrest, California 93555
May 30, 2016 7:50 am
Hi Bugman,
The wife of a friend of mine (Ron) has been suffering a reaction to something for the better part of two years now. Today she came to him and said “I’ve caught one” and gave him a jar. He had purchased an electron microscope for just such a reason, so you will see the bug in the first photo.
The second photo gives you an idea about the size of the bug. See the black dot inside the bowl? That’s the size of the bug.
I’m guessing you’ll know right away what the bug is.
Signature: Very Respectfully, Donald Boessow

Lace Bug

Lace Bug

Dear Donald,
This is a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae, and according to BugGuide:  “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.”
  Like other True Bugs, Lace Bugs have mouths designed to pierce so that they might suck fluids from the plants upon which they are feeding.  You did not provide details regarding the reaction experienced by your friend’s wife, but we do not believe it is related to this Lace Bug.  We will be postdating your submission to go live to our site in June while we are away from the office.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for the quick response! Here is what Ron’s wife, Suzy, had to say about her allergic reaction (including a response to your email) as well as other info about the Lace Bug:
“My reaction has been severe allergies they infested our clothing our furniture basically the whole house ! And my poor dogs are being eaten alive by the “black tiny shears” they leave behind which looks exactly like the underside of this thing ! They buzz you outside early sunset sometimes darker! All very very tiny! They look like lint when u kill em! My nose turns on like a faucet and I know they are coming lol ! And they make me itch almost as much as my poor pups lol! My Bella [her dog] sneezes almost as bad as me lol! I pull them off my dogs just always dead and can’t tell what it is (squished) but there ya have it ! This is def what I’ve had reactions to and they are VERY invasive I don’t care what they say their behavior is supposed to be like lol they are a nightmare! ✌?️ ~ Suzy Que”
Again, thank you for your help. Ron and Suzy will take the information you have provided and work towards solving Suzy’s allergy (as well as the Lace Bug’s affect on her poor dogs).
Very respectfully,
Donald Boessow

Subject: Mystery bug
Location: North Shore, Maui, Hawaii
February 20, 2016 6:54 pm
Aloha folks, You guys were so helpful the last time that I thought I’d give it another go.
I found this guy on the underside of a Cannabis sativa fan leaf (legally grown). I’m not sure if the black spots surround it are fecal matter, but some of the black spots on the bug almost looked like babies. Any help is much appreciated.
Signature: Greg Hansen

Possibly Lace Bug Nymph

Possibly Lace Bug Nymph

Dear Greg,
This is an immature True Bug, and nymphs can be very difficult to correctly identify.  Our initial guess is that this appears to be an immature Lace Bug in the family Tingidae.  According to BugGuide, they:  “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.”  Beetles in the Bush has some nice images of immature Lace Bugs.  Aloha Arborist Association has a similar looking image of the Cotton Lace Bug, with a list of plant family hosts, but Cannabaceae is not listed.  Perhaps your Lace Bug is a different species, or perhaps the information on plant host families is incomplete.

Thank you so much Daniel!  You are a saint!  I really appreciate your help and expertise.
Greg