Entomology (Study of Bugs)/spraying bugs

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Becky Ball wrote at 2008-05-21 03:22:54
I have the same bug in my crepe myrtle tree and trumpet vine. hundreds of them, you can't walk under the tree without getting wet, and they fly. live in texas


FUN wrote at 2008-05-25 20:49:20
In front of my house I have a vine covered in yellow flowers and bugs that excrete a watery substance.  They look like aphids, but I am not sure.  They are about 2cm long and they cling to the vine at random intervals.  Nearby the vine is a fire ant colony with trails that lead up my house and straight to the vine.  What happens is the ants crawl to advantagous spots on the vine and the other bugs secrete on them.  It looks like one bug getting peed on by another.  Very strange.  I think if it looks like a bug peeing, it is a bug peeing.  We secrete liquid from that part of our bodies too and it isn't called honeydew.


Brad wrote at 2009-06-15 02:55:36
Hello everyone, I live in San Diego CA. and just today we were laying on the ground under some bushes in the back yard and little bits of water was falling on us and my girlfriend thought it was dew or water dripping from the plant in little tiny rain like drops. I got up and investigated it and to my amazement it came from a little insect. I watched very carefully and found that the "water or pee" was coming from its butt, drop after drop. It was the craziest thing I have ever seen. So for you non believers, It was a bug, and It was peeing liquid out its behind, and the amount seemed impossible but yet there it was doing its thing. Crazy!


Jay wrote at 2009-07-01 19:58:31
I do not know how you can grow up in Texas and see this your whole life and not trace it back to it's source. A small insect is sucking the nutrients from the tree. Usually a crape mrytel. And expelling the unwanted liquid from its rear end. I first traced this down in the 1950s I show the bug at work to people all the time. It ain't a mystery


Robyn G wrote at 2015-08-04 00:59:47
I am in RI and just got peed on by a large flying bug. It smelled disgusting. I scrubbed my arm with soap and water. It was a large amount of pee. I am not under a tree, I am sitting  outside on my patio.


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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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