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Subject: Orange and Black “thing”
Location: South East Queensland, Australia
January 24, 2015 9:10 pm
Hi,
I’m Katie, I’m only 12 but I found this really strange looking insect on my trampoline. It’s like an ant, but like a spider. It has a bright orange abdomen and it’s thorax is black along with its head. It has 2 long antenna that are orange and its 6 legs are black and white striped. I’ve looked in my MANY bug books and google image searched it, nothing that looks like it. I hope you can help me.
Signature: Love Katie

Immature Assassin Bug

Immature Assassin Bug

Hi Katie,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, and based on images on the Brisbane Insect website, we have determined that it is the Common Assassin Bug,
Pristhesancus plagipennis.  Though it is not a dangerous species, Assassin Bugs are predators and you might get bitten if you attempt to handle them carelessly.  It is best to not handle Assassin Bugs to avoid getting bitten.

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Subject: Please don’t be bed bugs…
Location: Seattle
January 25, 2015 3:57 am
As I was cleaning the house this morning, I removed the blankets from the couch in the living room to be washed. When I pulled one of the blankets up, I noticed about 5 tan colored insects sitting on the couch underneath where the blanket had been. I don’t deal well with bugs, so I immediately grabbed my vacuum and sucked each of them up. Then I decided I may as well vacuum the whole house. I moved to the other side of the room and started vacuuming up the pine needles on the carpet from my live Christmas tree… then I noticed the same bugs! Soon I discovered the tree was infested with them. I decided to throw the tree outside to the curb, decorations and all. When I threw the tree down, a swarm of bugs flew out of the tree and away. I finished vacuuming the entire house right after and haven’t been able to find anymore. I managed to take a blurry pic of one. The bugs were around the size of a lady bug with a tan coloration and six legs. The ones I sucked up with th e vacuum didn’t look or act as though they had wings, but the same looking bugs on the tree almost all had wings. In the pic, the bug is crawling across a stereo speaker. The tree was a Norwegian Spruce, if that matters. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Squeam Queen

Bed Bug or Giant Conifer Aphid???

Bed Bug or Giant Conifer Aphid???

Dear Squeam Queen,
Many folks feel squeamish around insects.  Unfortunately, there is not enough detail in your image to make a conclusive identification.  The location where you found this critter would be indicative that they might have been Bed Bugs, but if you are certain the insects on the Christmas Tree are identical, then we can rule out Bed Bugs.  Live Christmas Trees often carry living creatures, and one of the most common insects found on live trees is the Giant Conifer Aphid.  Giant Conifer Aphids often are not noticed until the tree begins to dry out and the Aphids begin to die.  Aphids are found in both winged forms and those that lack wings.  The most puzzling aspect of this for us is how Giant Conifer Aphids would have gotten from the tree to under the blanket on the couch.  Perhaps a pet?

Eeeeeeeek! Pleeeeease not bed bugs…
Yes, I have 2 cats. I was actually cleaning the apartment as part of my routine for dealing with fleas when I noticed the other creepy crawlers.
Never saw them before and haven’t seen them after. I guess if I see another one I’ll just jar it to learn what I’m dealing with. I’m pretty sure what I saw on the tree was the same as what I sucked up on the couch. I can’t be 100% certain though as it’s kind of a blur now… I was pretty terrified.
I was doing some research on my own before contacting you when I learned about Giant Conifer Aphids. The body looks remarkably like what I saw but the color wasn’t quite right and I haven’t been able to find an image of a light tan colored Giant Conifer Aphid… so I’m really unsure and quite honestly a bit panicked. I don’t really know what to do unless I know what I’m dealing with, you know? Hopefully I’ll catch one so I can know for sure. Thank you for helping me, I really appreciate it.

Hi again Squeam Queen,
We are speculating that the cats were interested in your Christmas Tree and that they also sleep on the couch, which explains how the Aphids could have migrated from tree to couch.

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Subject: Keep getting these in the house
Location: Ma
January 25, 2015 6:29 am
I live in MA and they have been coming since we moved in in June.
Signature: Lisa

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Lisa,
This is an invasive, exotic species, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and it was accidentally introduced to North America from China.  It has since spread across the continent and it is a nuisance to residents when it enters homes to hibernate.  It is also a significant agricultural pest.

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Subject: Giant stink bug Costa Rica
Location: Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
January 22, 2015 2:35 pm
These bugs were on a tree in southern Costa Rica on the Pacific coast near Uvita. They were found today, Jan. 22, 2015 at 2 pm. Related to Giant Mesquite Bug? They were between 1.5 and 2 inches in length and they were found beside a dry stream bed.
Signature: Cathy and Lisa

Immature True Bugs

Nymphs of Coreid Bugs:  Pachylis pharaonis

Dear Cathy and Lisa,
We are not certain these immature True Bugs are in the same genus,
Thasus, as the Giant Mesquite Bugs, since their colors and markings are different than other images we have seen, but the flattened segment on the antennae are consistent with the genusThe closest match we can find at this time is this individual from Guatemala that is in our archives.  Perhaps your individuals are a regional color variation or a not well documented species.

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Subject: Strange insect in Georgia
Location: Bulloch County, (southeastern) Georgia, USA
January 23, 2015 8:21 am
I would greatly appreciate any assistance in identifying this unusual-looking insect which was photographed in Bulloch County, Georgia on January 13, 2015, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Thank you.
Signature: William R.

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear William,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and based on images and range information on BugGuide, we believe it is Acanthocephala declivis.

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Subject: Blood-sucking roaches?
Location: Nashville TN
January 20, 2015 8:29 pm
A friend’s apt is infested with the bugs shown in photo. They attach themselves to get his blood while he sleeps. Boric acid has diminished their number but does not eliminate them. Bug repellent does not keep them at bay. When he sits at his computer, he observes them gradually, all around, creeping toward him to feed. Adults are ~1/8″, mid photo is a young one. He first thought they were roaches, but now he’s not sure. This is in Nashville, TN. Any suggestions?
Signature: Bug-Puzzled

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Dear Bug-Puzzled,
Your friend has Bed Bugs and re recommend that your friend seek professional assistance in this matter.

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