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Subject: I need to know what this is
Location: East central Wisconsin
July 30, 2015 8:13 pm
I need to find out exactly what this bug is. I’ve done all the things my landlord told me to do to get rid of them, and i just found this one… i just want to make sure she was correct with what she told me it was and what i should be doing to get rid of them. Thank you.
Signature: Frustrated

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Frustrated,
We don’t know what your landlady told you, but this is a Bed Bug, a blood sucking insect that will bite you in your sleep.  If there is one Bed Bug in your apartment, chances are there are more.  Bed Bugs can be very difficult to eradicate, but our suggestion is that you take immediate action.

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Subject: Help identify this beetle?! please
Location: Vellore, India ; Bangalore, India
July 29, 2015 6:44 am
Greetings Mr Bugman
I have come across this particular insect (which I assume is a Beetle) since my childhood . Unfortunately for me, it has been very hard to identify this bug because to my knowledge it is not known by any specific name in any of the Indian languages I speak. Add to this the fact that environment conservation and species identification takes a backseat in developing countries has made it hard for me to crosscheck with any National Database. I would like to know if this insect could be endemic to my country for I did not find any references to it any of the Google searches. Also, they mate during July – I have always found it intriguing to find a pair of them attached at their hinds ,walking busily with one walking backwards. I haven’t specifically noticed if the females and males are physiologically different. I found this site by chance and felt this would be a good place to have my curiosity quenched. I am attaching two recent photos of the insect. I must apologise as the pictures may not be of good quality. Thanks in advance.
PS: I have found this insect in South India, not the North
Signature: Varun Bharadwaj

Predatory Red Bug

Predatory Red Bug

Dear Varun,
These look like Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and in one of your images, it appears that one individual is eating another.  Several years ago we posted an image of a predatory Red Bug from India that was eventually identified as
Antilochus conqueberti.  Members of this family are frequently found in multigenerational aggregations like the one you have included, and close inspection of that image reveals that there are several mating pairs among the crowd.  To the best of our knowledge, this is an endemic species in India.  Here is a FlickR image for comparison, but it is identified as Antilochus cocqueberti.  The Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies site identifies this Pyrrhocorid predator as Antilochus conqueberti.

Aggregation of Red Bugs

Aggregation of Red Bugs

Hi
First things first – thank you so much for such a prompt response and I am sorry to have sent so many requests to an already overworked staff.
Now that I have the Family and Order of the insect ( Antilochus conqueberti), I am able to get more relevant results from Google Searches . From what I have found, it appears that this insect is spread across Yunnan of China and Thailand as well. The possibility that it is “cannibalistic” is simply shocking. I have come across references to it as being a pest in Cotton Crops and with studies being conducted to identify a potent insecticide for it.
I have also heard someone mention that it is poisonous. Any way to validate that claim? Also, are they capable of  feeding on Humans?
Lastly, I have another picture of them aggregated in a mound. Would you guys be interested in it?
Varun Bharadwaj

Mating Red Bugs

Mating Red Bugs

Hi again Varun,
At this time, we cannot verify if they are poisonous, but we doubt it.  They do not suck human blood.  The previous images you sent are sufficient.

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Subject: Creepy Porch Friend
Location: Eastern Shore/Ocean City, Maryland
July 28, 2015 7:18 am
Hi, in the previous 24-hour period, I have found 3 of these creepy crawlers. One in the garage and two on the front porch. It is about 1.5″ – 2″ long. It’s gray in color. If another photo is needed, I can take another photo. It seems like a cross between a stink bug and a spider (6 legs though).
Signature: Rena

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Rena,
Your image of a Wheel Bug is shot from an atypical perspective.  Most people take images from the side in order to feature the coglike projection or “wheel” on the thorax and many people describe the Wheel Bug as prehistoric and some have even coined the name Stegosaurus Bug.  The Wheel Bug is a beneficial predator, but they should be handled with caution as a painful bite might result.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for the timely response and identification. I have pest control service coming out. If there was only one around, I wouldn’t have called but after finding three, I was afraid they could cause damage (of course not knowing what it was when I called). As a beneficial predator, what do they prey on?
Thank you,
Rena

Hi Rena,
They will prey on many species of insects.  We already provided a link to a Wheel Bug feeding on an invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle.

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Subject: Transormer bug?
Location: Auburn California
July 24, 2015 4:15 pm
Hi there,
I took pictures of these guys last year, and was on my patio and one seem to have got on my hand while sitting watching the sunrise. If you could let me know what it is that would be great, I was able to capture him and he is still in a glass in my kitchen bay window.
Signature: Stewart

Immature Coreid Bug

Immature Coreid Bug

Dear Stewart,
This is an immature Hemipteran, and nymphs can be difficult to identify.  Our guess is that it is the nymph of a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae.

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Subject: Never seen
Location: Norman Oklahoma
July 23, 2015 6:09 pm
We have seen these in our backyard where the kids play didn’t know if they were bad?
Signature: Lee whitten

Sycamore Assassin Bug Nymph

Sycamore Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Lee,
This is an immature Sycamore Assassin Bug, and though they are not considered dangerous, they are capable of biting and the bite of a Sycamore Assassin Bug is reported to be painful.

 

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Subject: Milkweed bug?
Location: New South Wales, Australia
July 21, 2015 1:19 pm
Hello! Came across this bug last week while in New South Wales, Australia, but am unable to find its species online. All I’m certain about is that it’s in the true bug (Hemiptera) category, and highly likely from the family Lygaeidae. (Photo has been scaled down for upload purposes)
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks and regards
Signature: Abigail

Unknown Seed Bug

Unknown Seed Bug

Dear Abigail,
Our “go to” site for Australian identifications, the Brisbane Insect Site, has wonderful images of this species, but they are only identified to the family level and they are being unofficially called the 4 Coloured Bug.  They were feeding on a milk vine plant in the genus
Marsdenia.  An image on FlickR is also listed as unknown and identified to the family level.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide additional information.

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