Hello there, you bug-lovers, you . . . you folks "rock"! Google found you for me.
This home gardener found a bunch "bright orange ants with black legs" on my one-year-old Passion Flower Vine. I called our local County Agricultural Commissioner's office to identify them. They were unable to identify it over the telephone . . . I should've known better. But they were unfamiliar with any particular bug unique to a vine typically not seen in the Central Valley of California. They ultimately identified them as Leaf Footed Bugs when I transported the little guys into their office. The "bug"ologist I spoke with said that since we haven't had a significant crop of Passion Flower Vines heretofore he appreciated the opportunity to identify a new County resident. Since I purchased my vine at a national chain with a large nursery section we decided the local crop will grow and bring with it the little guys.
I was able to point to your site and "Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, USA" contribution of 28 September, 2005 - 1:46pm Leaffooted Bugs Coreidae!
- - - WHAT GREAT IMAGES!! - - - Are they too cool or what??
I've seen (I've forgotten where by now) discussion of your interest in identification of possible new geographic locations for bugs. Not having seen these particular little guys and gals noted in your ID pages as to known residents of the Central Valley of California I herewith advise you, after a significant amount of time spent researching your web site, of their having moved to town.
I'm not sure you're interested or concerned with such advice, but if you are I wanted to be certain you have the information. My apologies for occupying band width with it if you are not.
Now then, I won't ask you how to relocate them to my crabgrass instead of munching off my Passion Flower Buds. I'll research that information elsewhere. Thanks so much for your expertise.
Linda Bartlett and the resident MopTops . . . (one of whom also munches Passion Flower Vine buds)
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