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Subject:  What’s that bug?
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:42 PM
Found it on my cannabis plant.
It’s sticks to a surface very well and is not easy to detach
az-j

Scale Insect

Dear az-j,
Though we have not had any luck locating any images that look exactly like the creature you submitted, we can’t imagine it is anything but a Scale Insect.  Beyond the Human Eye has some nice Scale Insect images.
Continued searching might have resulted in an identification.  Thankfully your situation has not escalated to this stage pictured on BugGuide of Chinese Wax Scale.  According to BugGuide the Chinese Wax Scale is  “Non native. Introduced from Asia.”

Scale Insect

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Subject:  I think i may have a new type of bug i found on the sidewalk and carefully took it home
Geographic location of the bug:  Slovenia, Logatec
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 08:33 AM EDT
Is it a new type it looms like half a ladybug ( the head) and some kind of black and bage stripes
How you want your letter signed:  However you want

Colorado Potato Beetle

This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  It looks to us like a Colorado Potato Beetle, which is native to the Rocky Mountains in North America.  This amusing BBC News article begins with “In 1950 the East German government claimed the Americans were dropping potato beetles out of planes over GDR fields in an attempt to sabotage their crops. Was it true, or an example of Cold War propaganda?”  According to BugGuide:  “before the introduction of the potato in the US, was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on native Solanum species; now occurs in most potato growing areas both in NA and Europe has become a serious pest in Europe.

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Subject:  Cluster of Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  San Pedro, CA
Date: 09/13/2017
Time: 01:30 AM EDT
I was walking my dog on a path by the ocean and noticed a large isolated collection of bright red bugs I don’t recall ever seeing in my life despite living in this general area all my life.
How you want your letter signed:  curious dog walker

Aggregation of Mediterranean Red Bugs

Dear curious dog walker,
These are Mediterranean Red Bugs, an invasive species that was recently introduced to Southern California.  They generally get noticed when they form large aggregations of both adult and immature individuals.

Aggregation of Mediterranean Red Bugs

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Subject:  What’s this pretty bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Allentown PA
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
I saw this beetle perched on a car bumper in a parking lot. As I got close to take the picture, the insect departed the number with an amazing vertical velocity! It’s leg joints look almost machine like. Is it a drone – lol? Appreciate your help identifying it!
How you want your letter signed:  Tom M

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Tom,
This is an Invasive Exotic Spotted Lanternfly, a species recently introduced to North America from Asia.  At this time, its spread has only been reported from Pennsylvania.  According to BugGuide:  “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Experts are working to delimit the current population and find new infestations of this species. Please report sightings on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture website.  earliest NA record: PA 2014.”

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Subject:  unidentified bug
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Penna, deciduous woods
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 05:01 PM EDT
saw this guy on a deck at a house in the woods, mid-day
How you want your letter signed:  tony ryan

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Tony,
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive exotic species from Asia that has become established in Pennsylvania.  The bright red, spotted nymphs are quite distinctive.  According to BugGuide:  “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Experts are working to delimit the current population and find new infestations of this species. Please report sightings on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture website.  earliest NA record: PA 2014.”

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Subject:  Caribbean Longhorn Beatle?
Geographic location of the bug:  San Juan, Puerto Rico
August 27, 2017 9:33 AM
Hello:
I’m just curious.
I found this bug walking on my porch at night.
At first, I thought someone threw a small rock at my window because of the noise it made when it hit (twice).
When I first saw it walking on the floor, I thought it was a huge roach, so I sadly hit it twice with my shoe but it didn’t die. (Sorry for that).
I just started making a loud noise. Some kind of low pitched ratling sound.
I also have a video with sound, if you are interested in listening.
Thanks in advance for your information.
Best Regards,
How you want your letter signed:  Joaquín Nina

Mango Stem Borer

Dear Joaquín,
Dorsal views are often the easiest views to use for identification.  That white stripe from the abdomen through the eye is quite distinctive, and we believe this is an invasive Mango Stem Borer,
Batocera rufomaculata, an Asian species, and you can compare your individual to this image on WaiWiki.  According to the Worldwide Cerambycoidea Photo Gallery, the species was first recognized in Thailand and the distribution is:  “Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Andaman, China (Tibet, Hainan), Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia. Introduced in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, e Africa, Madagascar, Comores, Mauritius, Virgin Is., Puerto Rico.”  According to Farangs Gone Wild, common names include “Mango stem Borer, Fig Borer, Tropical Fig Borer” and “Attack often leads to the death of the host tree.”  The species is not listed on Cerambycoidea de Puerto Rico, perhaps because it is an invasive species, and perhaps because it is a recent arrival.

Hello Daniel:
Thanks a lot for your prompt response!
Your explanation is very interesting and seems to be very accurate.
Looking to the pictures in the Waiwiki website, it is very similar (almost the same). The only difference is the color.
Also the stripe isn’t white, is actually light yellow. Maybe a mutation?
Does this species make sounds?
I’ll try to send you the video in the attachment.
Joaquín Nina.

Joaquín,
We should have written light stripe instead of white stripe.  Many Longhorn Beetles in the family Cerambycidae make squeaking noises.


 

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