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Subject: Planthopper?
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
February 18, 2017 10:59 am
Hi again. I know this one it’s under the hemiptera order and I BELIEVE it is a planthopper from fulgoridae family. But I can’t find its exact name or this exact color. I found just one picture of the same bug but the person was saying it was a cicada (not true). It was not bigger than 3cm and was found in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in the morning. Do you have any idea about its name or something more specific? But any information or at least a confirmation would be appreciated! Thanks in advance. – 2 pictures attached.
Signature: Brenda Lavoieri

Planthopper

Dear Brenda,
This is definitely a Free Living Hemipteran in the Suborder Auchenorrhyncha, and it might be a Fulgorid Planthopper, but we cannot state for certain to which family it is a member.  Perhaps Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia will recognize this red-eyed hopper.

Planthopper

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Subject: terrified boat owner.
Location: Mississauga Ontario
February 19, 2017 4:04 pm
I have a boat thats been on the hard in Ontario Canada for 3 years, I have just purchased it and after looking at a video i took of the inside.
I noticed something big and scary, I have done every google search detailing what i can see and i can find nothing and i have to go work on this boat in a week and i am terrified for my life lol
any help would be greatly appreciated.
Signature: David Harvey

Thing on a Boat

Dear David,
We have no idea what this Thing is, but it does not look like an insect.  We also have our doubts that it is a living creature.

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Subject: Insect from Florida
Location: Florida
February 18, 2017 8:26 am
Dear Bugman,
Last year a friend of mine spent her holiday the US and took a picture of a weird looking animal/insect. Having studied biology myself I was determined to find out what it was but failed so far. Even my former zoology professor was clueless. Hopefully, you can help to unravel the mystery.
The picture was taken in a mangrove national park in Florida.
Greetings from Germany!
Signature: Miriam

Thing

Dear Miriam,
We are pretty certain this is NOT an insect.  The pattern on the body looks more scalelike, like a fish or reptile, but even so, we are not convinced this is a living creature.  It looks to us like it might be a fishing lure of some type, meant to mimic a creature, but actually made of rubber or some other substance.  Perhaps one of our readers will have an idea we have overlooked.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your reply. Maybe you are right and it’s just a toy made of rubber. If not, I really hope that someone from the readers has any idea or hint.
Best, Miriam

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Subject: Flying insect
Location: Franklin, Wv
February 15, 2017 10:26 am
We live in a frame house with redwood siding. It is located in Franklin WV, in the mountains. The inset in the attached photo has shown up during the last two spring seasons. We typically see them between the screen and window in several rooms. It would seem that they must be coming out of the walls somehow, Once there was a swarm of perhaps 100 on the outside of the house under a kitchen window and just above the deck. While is is winter here with many sub-freezing days some of these insect appeared afrer a warm spell when it was 60-65F for a few days.
Signature: Pete Tuckerman

Ichneumons

Dear Pete,
These are members of the order Hymenoptera, the insect group that contains Ants, Bees and Wasps, and our initial impression is that they are most likely Parasitoid Wasps that prey on other insects, possibly an Ichneumon or Brachonid, but we would not rule out that they might be grouped with the Symphyta that includes Sawflies, Horntails and Wood Wasps.  We will continue to research this, and we will contact Eric Eaton for his valuable input.

Eric Eaton provides Family identification.
Daniel:
Those are definitely ichneumon wasps.  May have nothing to do with any host living in the redwood siding.  Many species of ichneumons overwinter as adults, often in large numbers, so this is not an unusual phenomenon.  I suspect the wasps are hibernating in the walls, or nooks and crannies in the siding.  They don’t sting, so no worries there, either.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Ecuadorian beauty
Location: 3 hrs NW of Quito, Ecuador
February 2, 2017 12:21 pm
Hi Guys,
I read your site daily though I haven’t contributed for some time. This very small butterfly was photographed in Ecuador last month. I would love to know what it is.
Thank you,
Signature: Dwaine

Metalmark

Dear Dwaine,
We tried to determine the identity of this delicately pretty butterfly for some time, to no avail, however we strongly suspect it may be a Satyr in the subfamily Satyrinae because of the prominent eyespots visible on its wings.  Though BugGuide only has images of North American species, you can see the similarities.  Satyrs are often brown or muted in color, though the subfamily also includes the brilliantly colored Morphos that also have eyespots, but on the undersides of the wings.  Most images of Satyrs online depict the butterflies at rest with wings folded and the undersides visible, which might be contributing to the difficulty we are having identifying your Ecuadorian beauty.

Correction Courtesy of Karl
Hello Daniel and Dwaine:
There are also quite a few neotropical metalmark butterflies (Riodinidae) that have prominent eyespots, usually on the forewings. This one looks a lot like a Lasus Metalmark (Perophthalma lasus). However, that species has a documented range that only goes as far south as Panama. The only species within this genus that is reported from Ecuador is the Tullius Metalmark (Perophthalma tullius), also quite similar. Regards, Karl  

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Subject: What the heck is this?
Location: Boynton Beach, Fl
February 2, 2017 9:05 am
Hi! I found this thing squirming on my bathroom floor below my attic entrance. Please tell me it’s not a termite!
Thanks–Stephanie
Signature: Stephanie K

Thing

Dear Stephanie,
There is not enough detail in the image of your Thing for us to make a definite identification, but this does not look to us like a Termite.  Interestingly, we were unable to label your image with your name and “thing” as another Stephanie had already submitted an image of a Thing we could not identify.  Perhaps one of our readers can lend some insight into what you have captured using digital media.

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