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:  First Monarch of the Year
Geographic location of the bug:  West LosAngeles
Date: 04/16/2019
Time: 02:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
Found this guy probably a short while after he emerged.  What a beauty.
How you want your letter signed:  Jeff Bremer

Male Monarch

Dear Jeff,
This is a beautiful male Monarch, and we agree that he is most likely newly emerged from the chrysalis.  We have seen a few female Monarch butterflies this year nectaring from the Lantana.

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.”

Subject:  Big green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Ontario Canada
Date: 04/14/2019
Time: 09:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug in my house a week ago. It was large, shaped like a big almond. It was a beautiful light green colour with delicate translucent wings. The strange part is that it’s still winter here (snow on the ground) and I have never seen a bug like this, even in the summer. What was this doing in my house? What is it? Where did it come from? I put him outside and hoped for the best.  Any ideas??
How you want your letter signed:  Confused in Canada

Green Banana Cockroach

Dear Confused in Canada,
We are also confused.  We are quite certain that this is a Green Banana Cockroach,
Panchlora nivea, but according to BugGuide data, the most northern North American sighting is in Virginia.  Your sighting might be explained by this BugGuide information:  “nocturnal, comes to lights; does not breed indoors; popular as a pet.”  BugGuide make of point of stating:  “rarely found indoors and not normally considered a pest.”   Perhaps your individual arrived in the country with a banana shipment, or perhaps it escaped from a neighbor who keeps insect pets.

Green Banana Cockroach

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so very much for your reply! It was indeed the same as the Green Banana Cockroach pics you sent and that I have subsequently looked up! I feel terrible it died an unnatural death, no doubt, in the snow outside. If I had known, it would still be safe and warm, living as a pet with us! I had, indeed, just purchased several bunches of bananas earlier that day. He must have had quite the journey from the tropics to our log cabin in the woods!
If nothing else, it’s given us quite an interesting tale to tell! Without your identification, I doubt I ever would have found it on my own since I was NOT looking at tropical species here in Canada! It was lovely.
Take care,
Sandy

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California
Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I work as security at a school in 29 palms California and I saw this interesting beetle and tried to find out what it was but couldn’t. So here’s some pictures you tell me what it is. I don’t know
How you want your letter signed:  Clint Marshall

Master Blister Beetle

Dear Clint,
Thanks for writing back to us to inquire on the status of your identification request.  We went back through unanswered mail and located your stunning images of a Master Blister Beetle.  We posted our first images last week of the magnificent Master Blister Beetle, though in fact your images were submitted more than two weeks earlier.  Please excuse our lag time in responding.

Master Blister Beetle

Not a problem. This is the first time I have ever seen one of these in my 40 years plus living in 29 Palms. Thanks for replying. You can do what you want with the images.
Clint

Subject:  Italian Insect Question
Geographic location of the bug:  Albenga, Italy (Liguria)
Date: 04/15/2019
Time: 10:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I now live in Italy and am having a difficult time finding a good resource to answer insect questions.
Today (April 15), I stumbled upon this curious critter chowing down or sleeping in thistle. I even tried to lift her body a little to get a better photo, but she was really locked into that place. Looking closely, I see hairs all over her body including a thicker patch on the underside. Is this some kind of hairy beetle? Yelp!
Thanks in advance for your wisdom. I would love to know a good go-to place to answer my insect questions. I’m seeing some beautiful beings here I’d like to identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Kenda

White-Spotted Rose Beetle

Dear Kenda,
This is indeed a hairy Beetle.  We are relatively certain it is a White-Spotted Rose Beetle, which we identified on RawBirds.com where it states:  “The White Spotted Rose Beetle
(Oxythyrea funesta) is plant eating (phytophagous) beetle in the family Cetonidaewhich is in the genus Oxythyrea. It is also known as The Mediterranean Spotted Chafer. Over wintering larvae, which feed on plant roots, emerge as beetles in late Spring. They feed on the flowers of a wide variety of plants up until early Autumn.”  This image on Insecta.Pro nicely illustrates the hair that covers the body.

White-Spotted Rose Beetle

Thank you very much Daniel! I really appreciate your knowledge and assistance! Do you recommend I use the Rawbirds.com site as my go-to site despite the fact they don’t specifically focus on Italy or is there a more Italy-specific site I can rely on?
Grazie mille,
Kenda

Hi Kenda,
Unfortunately, we have no recommendation for a good site for the average person to use to identify Italian insects.