Subject:  What is on my woody plant?
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
August 2, 2017 9:21 pm
Dear Bugman,
I just noticed this green bug on my woody plant, and I didn’t see any other ones, so I left it, but I am getting a sinking feeling that that might have been a mistake.  So tell me What’s That Bug on my Woody Plant?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

True Bug Nymph

Dear Constant Gardener,
This is an immature True Bug, and nymphs can be very difficult to identify as many publications only provide images of adult specimens.  The incredibly long antennae lead us to believe that this is probably a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, and that is supported by the images posted to the Natural History of Orange County website.  Your nymph really resembles this BugGuide image identified as being in the genus
Neurocolpus.  According to BugGuide:  “Associated with various plants, including Buttonbush, Basswood; adults visit flowers.”  This BugGuide image identified as Cephalanthus occidentalis is another possibility, and according to BugGuide:  “Apparently predacious on small arthropods”  which would mean it is a beneficial insect on your woody plant.  Though you did not intervene in its existence in any way, we are none-the-less tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award because you waited for an identification rather than acting rashly by killing things you don’t know. While we cannot with any certainty provide you with a species name, we are still confident we have the family correct.  Perhaps when this little guy matures, you can submit another image and we can provide a more conclusive identification.

True Bug Nymph

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Caterpillar?
Location: Southeast Missouri
August 1, 2017 2:50 pm
My cousin found this in her bed one evening! She had a few spots on her arm and leg that stung. Could this be a type of stinging caterpillar?
Signature: Brittany

White Flannel Moth Caterpillar

Dear Brittany,
This is a White Flannel Moth Caterpillar and they do sting.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide, the caterpillars feed on “A variety of hosts reported including black locust, hackberry and redbud.”  Are any of those trees growing near your cousin’s bedroom?

White Flannel Moth Caterpillar

Subject: New Jersey leech like insect
Location: Gloucester County New Jersey, USA
August 2, 2017 8:17 pm
I have standing water on my property that is there from rain, not spring feed, today while looking at the water, I noticed these flat brownish insects in the water, I don’t remember seeing these bugs before, I thought they might be leeches but every picture I googled of leeches showed them being black. Also these bugs have pitchers, please help, thank you,
Signature: D. Clement

Water Tiger and Tadpoles

Dear D. Clement,
This appears to be a predatory larva of an aquatic beetle, commonly called a Water Tiger.  It is surrounded by Tadpoles, and they are most likely its prey.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: West Chester, OH
August 1, 2017 8:58 pm
Haven’t seen this before but it was crawling around an electrical outlet but worth almost no urgency. Can you please identify it?
Signature: Need to Know

Bed Bug

This is a Bed Bug.  If you found one, chances are there are more.

Subject: Unidentifiable Bug
Location: Northern Thailand
August 2, 2017 10:22 am
I have been trying to figure out what the heck these bugs are. They appear to be mating, have antenna, wings and small but articulated bodies. We came across them in early May in Northern Thailand.
I’m hoping you may be able to help!
Signature: Duke

Mating, Sexually Dimorphic Tiger Moths

Dear Duke,
This is definitely a mating pair of moths, and we are relatively certain they are Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae.  They exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism meaning the two sexes do not look alike.  We cannot find anything similar on Farangs Gone Wild.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he recognizes them.  We would not rule out that they might be in the Clearwing family Sesiidae.

Correction Courtesy of Karl
Hello Daniel and Duke:
These are a Picture-winged Leaf Moths (also known as Window-winged Moths), in the family Thyrididae. The species is probably Glanycus insolitus, although there are a few similar species. The iNaturalist site has a similar photo of a mating pair. Regards, Karl

Julian Donahue’s Response
September 4, 2017
Hi Daniel,
This arrived while we were on a month-long birding trip to Indonesia, but I see that someone has already identified them as thyridids (many of which are very leaf-like, but these are spectacular).

Subject: Identification
Location: Santa Barbara CA
August 2, 2017 6:55 am
Hi, This little chap was on the side of my computer for most of the day. He was about 3-5 mm and sandy brown in color with some darker spots. His eyes look a bit like a chameleon’s eyes. I live in Santa Barbara CA, right near the beach. It is August right now and the temp has been around 75 degrees fahrenheit. I have never seen anything like it before and can find nothing similar online.
Signature: Michael

Issid Planthopper

Dear Michael,
This is a Planthopper in the family Issidae, the Issid Planthoppers.  We are relatively confident it is the Upright-Winged Hopper,
Dictyobia permutata, which is pictured on the Natural History of Orange County site.  Other members of the genus that look very similar are pictured on BugGuide.