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Subject: Bugs in my bed
Location: Central Virginia
April 17, 2015 9:48 pm
I have had a problem recently with bug bites on my skin. Here recently I have found a few bugs crawling on my bed at night. I am terrified that they are bedbugs or I have some other type of infestation going on in my house. These were 2 different bugs. The second one I squeezed and blood came out but it kept moving!! Please help!
Signature: Petrified of bugs & bites

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Petrified of bugs & bites,
Both images are of Bed Bugs and you might want to seek professional assistance with your problem.

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Subject: bug crawled in my ear at night!
Location: west michigan
April 9, 2015 2:33 pm
Hi I had this bug crawl in my ear while I was sleeping, made my ear bleed and bad inflammation. Any info?
Signature: Bug-eared Bob

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Bob,
You were bitten by an unmasked, immature Masked Hunter, a
beneficial predatory Assassin Bug that is known to eat Bed Bugs.  The reason we are calling it “unmasked” is that immature Masked Hunters have sticky exoskeletons that attract dust and debris, effectively masking the predator in its surroundings.  Adult Masked Hunters are black and they do not attract dust.  Though you had a local reaction to the bite, it is not considered dangerous.

Thank you so much!! This was very helpful, and you put my wife at ease when you said they eat unwelcome pests.

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Bug On Orange
Location:  Altadena, California
April 9, 2015
Howdy,
It’s been a while since I’ve sent you a photo; however, I took the following image of an insect on a disfigured orange and thought you might be able to provide an identification? The tree was located in the Anza-Borrego Desert at a private residence. Most of the oranges on the tree were in fine shape; however, a few had identical brown spots on them. I suspect this insect is associated with the bruised / damaged areas on those oranges.
Thanks!
Lori in Altadena, CA

Western Leaf Footed Bug

Western Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Lori,
We have gotten previous reports of Western Leaf Footed Bugs,
Leptoglossus zonatus, feeding on oranges, tomatoes and we have ourselves seen Western Leaf Footed Bugs feeding on Pomegranates.  The insects inject an enzyme that blights the fruit.

Wow! Thanks for the prompt reply! Find attached a few more “bug photos” you might enjoy. I think I’ve ID’d them correctly. Feel free to use the photos if you wish.
Kind regards,
Lori

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Subject: bug ID
Location: Southern California
April 4, 2015 12:08 pm
I live in Southern California and felt this bug crawling on my arm while laying in bed around 330 am lastnight. my family has become the victims of something bitting us while we sleep and I’ve checked for bed bugs with no results. Is this what’s possibly bitting us? I sent three pics a few minutes ago. I just took this one bc I still have the bug and it’s a better pic.
Signature: Rick

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Rick,
This sure looks like a Bed Bug to us, and it appears that it has recently eaten as it looks to be engorged with blood.

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Subject: water striders
Location: Riverbend Park, Fairfax, Virginia
April 3, 2015 7:09 am
I found these water striders in a quiet part of a small stream going into the Potomac River in Riverbend Park, Virginia. They are clasping each other, but isn’t it a bit early for mating? If you can identify the species that would be great, too. Thank you for your wonderful site.
Signature: Seth

Water Striders

Water Striders

Hi Seth,
Thanks for sending in your wonderful image of a Water Strider, an aquatic insect that is able to disperse its weight so that it can skate across the surface of the water without breaking the tension.

Hi Daniel –
It looks like somehow you only got one of the water strider images I sent; here is the photo that may have gotten lost, showing one strider clasping another:
Regards, Seth.

Mating Water Striders

Mating Water Striders

Hi again Seth,
Thanks so much for forwarding what appears to be a mating or courtship image of a pair of Water Striders.

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Subject: Some kind of Stink Bug(I think)
Location: Mims, Florida
March 31, 2015 9:08 pm
I took these pictures yesterday of what I originally thought was a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, but after viewing pictures of them online I was unable to find any comparable color patterns.
Signature: Zach

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug

Dear Zach,
You are correct that this is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, but we needed to research its identity.  Relatively quickly we located the Featured Creatures site indicating that this is a Black Stink Bug,
Proxys punctulatus, and this information is provided:  “The biology of the black stink bug, Proxys punctulatus (Palisot), is not well known. It has a broad geographical range in the Americas but does not appear to damage agricultural crops as do other more important pentatomids. Black stink bugs appear to be facultative feeders on plants and other insects.”  The host plants are listed as:  “Black stink bugs have been collected in cotton, soybean and citrus. They feed on plant juices, with some documented association with Commelina (dayflowers) species. Although the black stink bug is a phytophagous species, it can also be predaceous, and has been found attacking insect larvae in cotton.”  Additional information can be found on BugGuide.  It seems the only other image of a Black Stink Bug in our archives is nine years old.

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug

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