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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Farmington, Mo
November 22, 2014 8:45 pm
What kind of bug is this?
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Bed Bug

Bed Bug

This looks to us like a Bed Bug.

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Subject: Trying to identify bug in pool
Location: Martinique
November 22, 2014 10:00 am
Can you help identify what this is please ?
I found it swimming in our pool after a few days of heavy rains.
Signature: Matthew

Backswimmers

Backswimmers

Dear Matthew,
These aquatic true bugs are Backswimmers in the family Notonectidae.  According to BugGuide they are:  “Aquatic bugs that often swim upside-down. When resting at the surface, body is typically tilted with the head downward”
and they “Prey on other aquatic insects and sometimes on small vertebrates.”  Backswimmers can fly, which enables them to seek a new home if their pond dries out.  We don’t know what would have caused them to relocate to your pool after the rains.

Daniel,
Thank you very much for your reply.
Fantastic info. My son has taken matters into his own hands and relocated them to another improvised pool. They’re doing well.
Can they fly far ? Perhaps the winds carried them a little further than normal.
Also, my pool is a salt based pool rather than chlorine, would that allow them to survive better than in the latter ?

Dear Matthew,
Since Backswimmers are predators, they will not remain in a body of water that does not provide a food supply.  Insects will not live in a chlorinated pool, but many insects will fall into the water.  Backswimmers are air breathers, and if the chlorine is not strong, we imagine they can survive in a chlorinated pool.  We also believe there are some species that can inhabit brackish water, which is a blend of fresh and salt water.  They can fly considerable distances.

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Subject: Identifying a bug request
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
November 20, 2014 1:08 am
Hi there.
I found these bug eggs that hatched yesterday and would like to know what they are?
Signature: name

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Stink Bug Hatchlings

These appear to be hatchling Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae.

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Subject: Tiny brown bugs everywhere!
Location: Central California
November 17, 2014 4:26 pm
Woke up this morning to hundreds (!!!) of these little bugs at our back door. They are teeny tiny, only barely bigger than a flea. Others in the area have noticed they are swarming too, starting yesterday. If it helps any, we are located along the Central Coast of California
Signature: Morgan

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Hi Morgan,
These appear to be immature Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Sometimes when fields are cleared, there is a migration of insects to gardens.  We are not certain of the species, but you can read more on the Dirt Colored Seed Bugs on BugGuide.

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Subject: Bug everywhere
Location: Roy utah
November 13, 2014 8:47 am
This bug has been in my house everywhere festering in Curtians blankets clothes anything! It’s making me feel like a dirty person no matter what I do I can’t get rid of them and I think they bite there was one in my daughters diaper I put on her the other day and she grabbed her privates and cried so I took her diaper off and there the bug was! Why are these is my house everywhere what can I do to keep them out! What kind of bug is it please help!
Signature: Jaimie

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Dear Jaimie,
This is probably a Dirt Colored Seed Bug in the family Rhyparochromidae.

So where does it come from? How come they are everywhere in my home what do I do to keep them out do they bite are they dangerous?

We can think of two possibilities.  One is that their habitat was destroyed, possibly with the clearing of a weed covered lot, and then then moved to your property.  Another possibility is that they are coming indoors to hibernate.  Dirt Colored Seed Bugs are not dangerous, but as you noticed, they can be a nuisance if they are plentiful.  See more on Dirt Colored Seed Bugs on BugGuide.  There are also some images on the Utah Pests website.

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Subject: Stegosaurus?
Location: Eastern virginia, USA
November 14, 2014 8:17 pm
Found this beauty in my backyard in eastern Virginia in early November. I’ve never seen such a bug, was larger than a nickel but smaller than a quarter. What is it?
Signature: Tom

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Hi Tom,
It seems like each autumn we get at least a few requests to identify a dinosaur bug or stegosaurus bug, because that is the time that Wheel Bugs like your individual attain maturity and develop the coglike thoracic feature.

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