Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery Bug


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My son found these bugs on a blanket that his grandmother sent him from NM. We live in CA, and I am worried that these are bed bugs; however, these jump, and I have been told that bed bugs do NOT jump.

HELP! :)

Dear Nikki - I do not believe that you need worry about these; they most definitely are not bed bugs, nor are they fleas (the only blood-sucking pest that would hop/jump). They appear to be planthoppers of some kind that accidentally hitched a ride on the blanket. However, your images are not large enough for me to attempt a more precise identification.

Hope this helps,

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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