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Subject: assassin bug eating japanese beetle
Location: Hermann, Missouri
July 19, 2014 4:09 pm
stopped to close a gate and saw this. took about 30 pics in order to get one that was decent. sending in high rez. makes me really really happy that there are natural predators to the dang japanese beetles. not nearly enough of them, but still….
Signature: c. millard

Wheel Bug eats Japanese Beetle

Wheel Bug eats Japanese Beetle

Dear c. millard,
Thank you so much for sending in your excellent image of a Wheel Bug feeding on a Japanese Beetle, and we are certain it will warm the collective hearts of gardeners in the eastern portions of North America where the invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle feeds on hundreds of different ornamental garden plants and food crops.  According to our sources, Japanese Beetles were not a big problem in Ohio in 2014.

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Subject: Odd bug.
Location: US
July 13, 2014 2:44 pm
My mom was about to wash dishes when she all of a sudden got a sharp pain in her finger. She said it felt like being cut by glass. It blistered immediately. We’ve never really seen this bug before. If you could identify this bug, that’d be great. Thank you so much in advance.
Signature: -Stevie Jaramillo

Orange Spotted Assassin Bug

Orange Spotted Assassin Bug

Hi Stevie,
This Orange Spotted Assassin Bug or Corsair in the genus
Rasahus is not considered dangerous, however we frequently receive reports from people who have been bitten and we understand the bite is quite painful.

Thanks for the reply. We had no idea what that bug was, so I had saved it in a ziploc just in case my mom had any reaction to the bite.
But thank you for the reply and peace of mind.

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Subject: Bug found on deck near pool
Location: Southwest Virginia
July 12, 2014 7:51 pm
We found this bug and what we assumed was it’s mate on the deck surrounding our pool. This bug will rare back and move it’s head to follow an object when close to it. Just wondering what it is as we have never seen one like this before.
Signature: Louis

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Hi Louis,
This is an immature Wheel Bug nymph, and when it matures into an adult Wheel Bug, it will be larger, have fully functional wings capable of flight and it will have a distinctive cog-like projection on its thorax.  Handle with caution:  Wheel Bugs will bite if provoked or carelessly handled.

 

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Subject: black and orange scorpion looking spider
Location: east coast of Pennsylvania
July 10, 2014 2:56 am
This spider was on my husband. When I went too get him off, the spider actedas if it wants to fight me. Its orange under butt, curled upwards like a scorpion tail does. Also the antennas parted and acted like swords to fight me. What is it? ??
Signature: Michelle Troxell

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Michelle,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, and though they are not considered aggressive, they will bite if provoked or carelessly handled, and the bite is reported to be quite painful.

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Subject: unknown colorful bug
Location: baltimore maryland
July 9, 2014 9:59 pm
I was working on this barn and I saw it on the side of the barn had to take a picture and could not find out what it was kinda looks like it might b some kind of assassin bug but it has 12 legs so i dont know
Signature: thanks, shane

Molting Assassin Bug

Molting Assassin Bug

Hi Shane,
You are correct that this is an Assassin Bug and the reason it appears to have twelve legs is that you have captured the molting process.  The cast of exoskeleton or exuvia is the darker half and the newly emerged insect is lighter in coloration.  It will soon darken as its new exoskeleton hardens.
  We believe this is an immature Wheel Bug.

Molting Assassin Bug

Molting Assassin Bug

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Subject: Flat Brown Insect, maybe?!
Location: Denver, CO
June 18, 2014 8:07 pm
Hi!
I was bit in the rear end by the bug in the attached photo. I am wondering what it is and if I need to seek medical attention. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. It is June 18, 2014 near Denver, CO where I was bit. Thank you!
Signature: Charity Davis

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Charity,
We were out of the office when you wrote and we are just trying to catch up on old mail.  This is an immature Masked Hunter, and though the bite is reported to be painful, it will not have any lasting negative effects.  Masked Hunters will prey upon Bed Bugs and other unwanted creatures in the home, and nymphs are generally masked by lint which sticks to their bodies, making the name Masked Hunter very logical.

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