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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
October 20, 2014 11:16 am
Hi, I found this bizarre looking guy dying on my back steps yesterday. His body is about 2 inches long. I live in a rural, open area. I think he is the stink bug king, because he was hanging out with a lot of dying stink bugs. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Melissa

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Melissa,
We would love to learn that the Wheel Bug in your image is feeding on invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, but we don’t think that the native predators could ever eliminate the impact of the rapidly spreading import from Asia.

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Possibly Seed Bug Infestation

Seed Bug Infestation:  Oxycarenus lavaterae

Subject: Naming bug
Location: Malta (Mediterranean)
October 16, 2014 10:03 am
I have had a literal infestation of this bug lately in my garden. Can you help me identifying it?
Signature: Paul

Hi Paul,
These are True Bugs, possibly Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae, but we have not had any luck with a species identification.  We wish your image was of higher resolution.  Can you identify the fruit upon which they are feeding?

Ed Note:  Paul commented back with a species identification of Oxycarenus lavaterae and we are able to confirm that thanks to this posting on BioLib.

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Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Subject: Dinosaur like bug
Location: Columbus, Ohio
October 13, 2014 3:26 pm
This guy showed up around 5 pm on October 13 in Columbus, Ohio. It was tracking the camera and waving it’s legs at it. It was about 2″ long.
Signature: Lena

Dear Lena,
Whenever we get a subject line like yours, we immediately suspect the creature is a Wheel Bug and we are usually correct.

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Leaf Footed Bugs

Pale Red Bugs Mating

Subject: Panamese bugs
Location: Bastimentos, Panama
October 13, 2014 6:10 am
These two bugs were photographed in Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro province, Panama in february 2012.
Are they Disdercus species or do they belong to another Pyrrhocoridae genus or maybe Hypselonotus?
Thanks in advance for your advice.
Signature: David

Leaf Footed Bugs

Mating Pale Red Bugs

Hi David,
Several years ago, we mistakenly identified
Hypselonotus atratus as a Cotton Stainer, but in your case, we believe you really do have a Cotton Stainer or Red Bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae.  It looks very much like Dysdercus concinnus, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the Pale Red Bug ranges as far south as South America.

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Possibly a Wheel Bug

Possibly a Wheel Bug

Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Pulaski Va
October 9, 2014 10:11 pm
This bug was on my husbands back in the house he said it bit him he go my son to get it off him and the took a picture ? Will we see more in the house? What is it ? do we need to worry about the bite?
Signature: Anne

Hi Anne,
Your image lacks critical detail, but this appears to be a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug, a member of a family of predators.  Some Assassin Bug in the genus
Triatoma, which are commonly called Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs, pose a threat to humans because they can pass on the pathogens that cause Chagas Disease, however though they might bite, Wheel Bugs are not considered to be dangerous to humans.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Subject: what’s that bug
Location: Stockton CA
October 10, 2014 11:05 am
I live in Stockton CA, about 35 miles south of Sacramento. These bugs just started appearing in my home about a week ago. They vary in size, this one about the size ofa quarter. They can fly a bit. Saw another one about 2 inches, didn’t look quite the same but I think it was.
Thanks for any help you can give.
Signature: Lisa

Hi Lisa,
Accidentally introduced into North America from China in the last years of the twentieth century, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is now well established in much of North America, having made an appearance in California just recently.  According to BugGuide, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range; feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to the fruiting structures.”
  Though it poses a significant agricultural threat, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug seems to draw the most attention from its habit of entering homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.

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