Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bed Bug or other?


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My son found these on a blanket that our cat sleeps on in his room.
What are they, as they look like two very different bugs.
If these are something bad, what do we do?

My original thought was some type of flea, because they seemed to jump.


Thank you for including the images with your question.  I was surprised that they are not what I expected.

Both insects are planthoppers in the family Delphacidae.  The enormous first antennal segment leaves no doubt that is what they are.  Here's a link with more info:


and maybe an even better one here:


They are strictly outdoor insects, so I suspect that the cat literally dragged them in :-)  Both could be the same species but different genders or different ages or both.

Planthoppers pose no threat to your health whatsoever, and few are bona fide pests in agriculture, either.

Hope this helps!


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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