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Subject:  Bug on my strawberries
Geographic location of the bug:  Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Date: 06/08/2019
Time: 12:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this? All over my plant
How you want your letter signed:  Sandy

Spotted Lanternfly Nymph

Dear Sandy,
We regret that we bear bad news.  This is an immature Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula, an invasive exotic species from Asia that is spreading in and beyond Pennsylvania since its recent introduction in 2014.  According to BugGuide:  “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area(1). Currently (2018) known from 6 counties in PA; also found in DE, NY, VA.” 

Thank you for this information.  A neighbor had to take down a tree last summer from these pests.  They were all over the area. I had called a hotline number and they were aware they were in our area. Not sure what is being done. I kill them when I see one.
Thanks again.

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 07:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello. I was wondering what kind of bug this is. I found it in my garden of pansies and daisies. I have never seen one before. I’m not sure if it flies or not, it was just crawling around on the wood that borders my garden.
How you want your letter signed:  Brieanna

Lablab Bug

Dear Virginia,
This is a Lablab Bug,
Megacopta cribraria, an invasive species accidentally introduced from China.  According to BugGuide:  “earliest record in our area: GA 2009 may invade homes in large numbers and become a household pest.”  Additionally, according to BugGuide, it is a significant agricultural pest because:  “hosts: in the US, reported to develop only on soybean and kudzu – Univ. FL, 2012.  Primary hosts are Fabaceae. It has also been reported on plants from other families, such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, corn and cotton.”  The advantage it provided by feeding on invasive kudzu weed is far outweighed by its negative attributes.  Since its introduction a scant ten years ago, BugGuide now reports it from Maryland to Florida and west to Arkansas. 

Subject:  Help! These are in my laundry room.
Geographic location of the bug:  Houston, Texas
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 09:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please tell me what these are. I have been finding them by the door that leads outside, next to my dogs crate in the laundry room
How you want your letter signed:  Becky S

Lawn Shrimp

Dear Becky,
You have Lawn Shrimp, also known as House Hoppers.  They are introduced terrestrial Amphipods from Australia that have naturalized in California, and have also been reported in Georgia, according to BugGuide, but this is the first report we know of from Texas.  According to BugGuide their habitat is  “Moist soil and organic matter within 13 mm of the surface, often among ivy or other ground covers, mostly eucalyptus. Their exoskelton has no waxy coating to keep moisture in, so they can’t survive dryness. They drown in water, though, so they need continuously moist, but not waterlogged conditions.”  BugGuide also notes:  “These are rarely seen except when flooding or lack of moisture forces them to abandon their home in the soil in search for suitable conditions. At such times they often end up dieing on pavement or in homes and become a nuisance. Once they start appearing, there’s not much that can be done except to sweep them up- pesticides are pointless, bcause by then they’re already dying or dead.”


Subject:  Weird looking bug that grey and pink.
Geographic location of the bug:  Washinton,Pa
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Finally found out what this bug is! A spotted lanternfly,an invasive Asian insect that is quarantined in Eastern,Pa now!
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Maurice,
You are correct.  This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly and it is nice to remind our readers from Pennsylvania to watch out for infestations.

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:  Hi I really want to know what this bug is thank you so much
Geographic location of the bug:  North georgia, usa
Date: 03/29/2019
Time: 03:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a bug and I read that deathwatch beetles are a sign of bad omens. I’m hoping its can you tell me what bug this is? Thank you so much.
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin Kang (superstitious guy)

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Kevin,
According to BugGuide, the larvae of Deathwatch Beetles are wood borers, but there is no mention about “bad omens.”  This is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an invasive exotic species, that bad omen or not, poses a significant threat to North American agriculture.  Since its introduction in 1998, it has spread across the entire North American continent.