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Location: Hawthorne, California
December 10, 2010 6:27 pm
Just wondering if I have this bee correctly identified. If you can tell me what the other two guys are on the bloom in one of the photos, I’d be most appreciative.
Signature: Thanks, Anna

Leaf Cutting Bee

Hi Anna,
There is a good chance that your bee is a Leaf Cutting Bee in the genus
Megachile.  This is a genus that has been split into numerous subgenera, as evidences by the taxonomy on bugGuide.

Ed. Note: May 21, 2011
Now is one of those times that being more aware of insect anatomy and not making identifications based on superficial visual identifications would come in handy.  We no longer believe this is a Leaf Cutter Bee.  We don’t believe any Leaf Cutter Bees gather pollen on their legs.  It looks like this native Bee is gathering pollen on its legs, or perhaps it just has long yellow hairs on its legs.  We wish someone would write in and give us a clear cut explanation of what species of Bee this is.  I am going to include more native Bees in my Theodore Payne Foundation talk on Saturday, 28 May, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

Probably Plant Bugs with Leaf Cutting Bee

We believe the tiny Hemipterans in your photo are probably Plant Bugs in the family Miridae, but your photo isn’t detailed enough to provide any tangible evidence toward that speculation.  According to Bugguide, Plant Bugs in the family Miridae are usually “adults 2-15 mm.

Quite Possibly a Plant Bug

Update from Anna:  August 20, 2011
Hi Daniel,
I finally got an answer from Steve Thoenes:
“I asked my friend Steve Buchmann and he wrote  the top one (on pink flower) is an Anthophora female, not sure of the  species.”
Hope this is of some help,

Yucca plant bugs
Location:  North Middle Tennessee
October 13, 2010 5:22 pm
Hi Daniel,
I ran across these little fellows this afternoon. Almost gave up on identifying them but I did a search for ”yucca plant bugs” as they were on a yucca plant. Didn’t know their was such a critter but that seems to be what they are. Thanks for all you do and have a great day.
Signature:  Richard

Yucca Plant Bugs

Hi Richard,
This is a new species for our website, and we had not heard of the Yucca Plant Bugs,
Halticotoma valida, in the family Miridae prior to your email.  We verified your identification on BugGuide.

Yucca Plant Bugs

Black and Yellow Striped Bug
May 29, 2010
I found this in my backyard while clearing some weeds. I thought it might be a leaf beetle.
One half hour North of Lexington VA

Four Lined Plant Bug

Dear Shawn,
We quickly identified your Plant Bug in the family Miridae as a Four Lined Plant Bug by using the browse feature on BugGuide.  The species if found in the Eastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada, and according to BugGuide:  “nymphs and adults feed preferentially on members of the mint family (wild mint, catnip, peppermint, spearmint, hyssop, oregano) but will attack a variety of wild plants (thistle, dandelion, burdock, tansy, loosestrife, sumac) as well as cultivated flowers (carnation, geranium, chrysanthemum, snapdragon, phlox) and crops (alfalfa, ginger, currant, raspberry, cucumber, lettuce, pea, potato, radish, squash).

Nuttall’s blister beetle and true bugs
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 6:33 AM
Hi Lisa Anne and Daniel, when I took this photo I was focused on the blister beetle. But I am now intrigued by the true bugs which I am unable to identify. Can you?
Thanks so much.
Pine Mtn, west of Casper, WY

P.S. Nuttall’s
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 6:58 AM
Sorry, I know better. They are on Golden Banner (Thermopsis rhombifolia).
Pine Mtn

Nuttail's Blister Beetle and unknown Plant Bug

Nuttail’s Blister Beetle and unknown Plant Bug

Hi Dwaine,
Thanks so much for sending us your photo of Nuttail’s Blister Beetle. Lytta nuttalli. We believe the Hemipteran in the photo is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae. We looked through many photos on BugGuide, and we believe your bug most closely matches a posting of the genus Hadronema. Interestingly, there is a photo posted to BugGuide of a Plant Bug in the same subfamily, Orthotylinae, Aoplonema nigrum, that is associated with a Blister Beetle. We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he agrees with our identification. Perhaps the plant bugs gather the blistering agent, cantharidin, as a defense mechanism.

Update: from Eric Eaton
The swamp milkweed beetle ID is right on.  I don’t have the time at the moment to research the plant bug beyond family level, and that is also correct (Miridae).

Hi WTB !
Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM
I found this bug on a Ragweed plant during spring, but have also seen it around lights at night and also other ragweed during summer. It looks closest like a Plant Bug, but not quite. I live in Northeast Georgia, around the mountains. I cannot find it anywhere on the internet ! Please help me!
Murrayville, Georgia

Plant Bug

Plant Bug

Hi Luke,
We agree that this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae based on the long thin antennae and slender legs.  We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he can provide a genus or species since the matching image we found on BugGuide was identified as an Ornate Plant Bug,
Reuteroscopus ornatus.

Plant Bug

Plant Bug

Bug query
I found this lovely bug in the gaden today, there are lots of them under a hawthorn hedge. Any idea?
Love the site
Geoff Dagger

Hi Geoff,
Even though you are across the pond and I’m not always sure of the British bugs, I would venture a pretty sure guess that this is one of the Adelphocoris Plant Bugs, and most definitely one of the Family Miridae. These are soft bodied insects that are pests in the garden. The genus Adelphocoris is marked with green, orange-red, yellowish brown and black in bold patterns or stripes. It is found in crops, pastures and gardens.