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Subject: what’s that bug?
Location: Northern IL
February 2, 2016 3:53 pm
This is from Northern IL and usually appears in the Winter indoors
Signature: Thanks, Ted

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Ted,
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is non-native species introduced from Asia that has spread across North America in a very short time.  They seek shelter indoors when the weather cools.  According to the USDA site, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug:  “Feeds on a variety of plants, including fruit trees, ornamentals, and some crops.”

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Subject: Big Bug out of place?
Location: Charlottetown PEI Canada
January 30, 2016 8:24 pm
Have never seen a large bug like this before (saw it outside on sidewalk of my work building during the summer). I wonder if it might be far from home and wonder how it got to Charlottetown PEI.
Just curious.
Signature: Jenny K

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenny,
This Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is an aquatic predatory True Bug that is able to fly from pond to pond in the event that food runs out or the pond dries out.  Giant Water Bugs are also attracted to lights leading to the common name Electric Light Bug, and that might be the reason you found it near your work.  Though they are not aggressive toward people, Giant Water Bugs are reported to deliver a painful bite if accidentally stepped on by waders and swimmers.  The Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this
Location: USA
January 29, 2016 9:13 am
I just want to find out what kind of bug this is
Signature: Marvin Vasquez

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Marvin,
This is a blood-sucking Bed Bug and chances are good that if you found one, there are more lurking about.

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Subject: Bug id
Location: Sydney australia
January 26, 2016 10:29 pm
I was bitten/stung by this not long ago in Sydney and was wondering what it is and what issues that come with the bite if any hurt like hell at the time has settled not buy is still painful 20 mins later. As u can see in the photos 3 stings in a row across a short area
Signature: Thanks Mark

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Dear Mark,
This is an Assassin Bug and its aposomatic or warning coloration is appropriate.  There is not enough detail in your image to make a definite species ID.  This might be a Ground Assassin Bug, but a quick glance at Brisbane Insects reveals that there are many red and black Assassin Bugs in Australia.  Your individual appears to be wingless, and it might be a wingless species or it might be an immature nymph.  Some species of Assassin Bugs are more inclined to bite than others, and Assassin Bugs in the genus
Triatoma, known as Kissing Bugs, feed on the blood of warm blooded creatures, including humans.

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

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Subject: Bug on Japanese Blueberry tree
Location: LOUISIANA
January 24, 2016 5:23 pm
What is this bug on my Japanese Blueberry tree? The tree also has the sooty mold. What should I do about this?
Signature: Denise Arsenaux

Milkweed Assassin Bugs

Milkweed Assassin Bugs

Dear Denise,
These are Milkweed Assassin Bugs,
Zelus longipes, both winged adults and wingless nymphs, and they are a beneficial predatory species that will help keep your tree free of insect pests.  Your image, which we have cropped closer into several different views, documents an aggregation which is quite unusual.  Generally, especially when they are adults, Assassin Bugs are solitary hunters.  They must have found something to feed upon on your tree, perhaps Aphids or some other plant feeding pest.  That pest may be contributing to the sooty mold problem.  You can compare your Milkweed Assassin Bugs to those depicted in the images posted to BugGuide.

Milkweed Assassin Bugs

Milkweed Assassin Bugs

Milkweed Assassin Bug

Milkweed Assassin Bug

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Subject: Colorful Bug
Location: richmond heights ohio
January 24, 2016 10:17 pm
On the bed, January, in Ohio,
Should I be looking for exterminator?
Signature: letter?

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

In our opinion, in this case an exterminator is a waste of money.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs like the one in your image are native to the Pacific Northwest, but in the 1960s, perhaps due to a major increase in travel, the species greatly expanded its range, now being found in most of North America and most recently being reported from Europe as well.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs frequently enter homes to hibernate when the weather cools.  They will not damage your home or its furnishings and they pose no threat to you or your pets.  They can be an annoyance if they enter homes in great numbers, but they are not breeding indoors.

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