From the monthly archives: "February 2017"

Subject: Bug on cashew tree- planthopper?
Location: Bali, Indonesia
February 22, 2017 12:14 am
Hi there!
We have a mystery planthopper who loves our cashew trees. It causes quite a problem for our farmers and we would like to identify the specific species, or at least know what kind of natural treatment would work best!
Signature: Mara Moran

Flatid Planthopper

Dear Mara,
We began our search on BugGuide, a North American site, in an attempt to narrow down this Planthopper to the family Flatidae, and according to BugGuide, they feed on:  “above-ground portions of a wide variety of woody/semi-woody plants.”  Your individual resembles
 Euphanta munda on BunyipCo where it states:  “The genus is a northern one with species known from Nerw Guinea, Fiji and Indonesia. This one measures about 7 mm.”  Using a key word search, we located an article on Jurnal Entomologi Indonesia that mentions Sanurus indecora feeding on cashew trees.  An image of the species on Independent Academia appears to match your individual.  While we cannot read the site, may also be helpful.

Flatid Planthopper Nymph

Flatid Planthopper Nymphs

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


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.


Subject: Bugs on Quercus ilex (Spain)
Location: Salamanca (Spain)
February 20, 2017 6:14 am
I enclose three pictures of two bugs (larva and adult) found on young Quercus ilex (inside). The larva is about 25 mm and de adults about 2 mm. They were found in Salamanca (central western Spain).
They don’t look like the usual borers in the area.
Thank you very much
Signature: Luis Carlos Jovellar (Salamanca, Spain)

Round-Headed Borer

Dear Luis,
The images of the larva you submitted appear to be Round-Headed Borers, a general name for the larvae of members of the Longhorned Borer Family Cerambycidae.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.  They are unrelated to the adult insects you submitted which we will address at a later date.  Knowing the host plant is often a tremendous assistance in the identification of larval stages.  According to the opening sentence of a scholarly article we located on Springer Link:  “
Cerambyx welensii Küster is one of the greatest threats to Quercus suber L. and Quercus ilex L. in Spain.”  While that is not a definitive identification for the Round-Headed Borer you sighted, chances are good that it might be a correct identification.  iNaturalist has an image of the adult.  Your larva has a distinctive yellow coloration.  The Espiritu de Arbol blog has images of adults and larvae.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much for your help.
Although presence of Cerambix is common in this area, I had never seen a larvae in such a thin branch, hardly bigger in diameter than the larvae itself.
Best regards
Luis Carlos Jovellar

Subject: Ring shaped bugs
Location: Glendale wisconsin
February 21, 2017 10:45 am
Hi, we recently moved to the Milwaukee area. When we first bought the house I found these ring shaped bug carcass..never any actual bugs. I thought that once we cleaned up (the house had been vacant for awhile) that it would be the end of them. But they keep showing up…not in the kitchen or bathroom, but mostly in the living room. None in the basement…can you tell me what they are? No other signs of critters in the house. Thanks
Signature: CMM

Millipede Remains

Dear CMM,
We can’t tell from your image if you have found Millipede exoskeletons or the remains of dead Millipedes.  They are generally associated with moist conditions.

Subject: Just for an Information
Location: Sivaganga(District), Tamil Nadu(State), India
February 21, 2017 3:26 am
This bug is like an Ant in the basic view,
But its back legs look like a grasshopper but it does’nt jump like grasshoppers,
Has a lengthy Antenna and the work same like a Cockroach’s antenna,
Slow moving and i saw only one, not a group, and i fount it under a Neem Tree,
The bug looks somewhat shy, unlike other ants it has viewing capability
I found this at a small village in south Tamilnadu, South India
Just Shared this to spread an information and knowledge,
These photos were taken solely by me only.
Thank you
Signature: Arun Kumar

Katydid Nymph

Dear Arun,
We believe this is a Katydid Nymph, and it is an excellent ant mimic.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to get his opinion.  Alamy has an image of an Ant Mimic Katydid from Australia.

Katydid Nymph

Subject: Caterpillar ID – Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia
February 21, 2017 2:50 am
Hi Folks
This may appear a bit of a long shot, but I’ve been trying to ID a caterpillar that I saw in Ethiopia’s Somali region in December 2015….
Any ideas what it is? The local people didn’t know it’s “English” name, but said it’s hairs were poisonous to cattle and told me not to touch it. It was about 15cm long (5-6 inches).
Signature: Thanks!

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

This sure looks to us like a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae, and it is our understanding that some species in the family have urticating or stinging hairs.  We did find a similar looking Lasiocampidae Caterpillar from Ethiopia identified as Thaumetopoea apologetica on iSpot where the caption states:  “Urticating moth caterpillar causing skin and respiratory problems in cattle.”  An even closer match may be the Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar, Eutricha capensis, that is pictured on Africa Wild where it states:  “Larvae congregate conspicuously on tree trunks, feeding on Acacia, white stinkwood (Celtis), bush willow (Combretum), Bauhinia and other trees in nature, and on trees such as mango, peach and the Brazilian Pepper in gardens.”  The plant it is feeding upon in your image appears to be an Acacia.  More images of the Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar can be found on Hedgie’s Nature Journal.  We cannot state for certain we have the correct species, but we are confident we have the family correct.