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Subject: Red and black bug on parsley
Location: Southeast US near Birmingham, AL
April 22, 2014 3:49 pm
Thank you for this opportunity! This is a photo of a bug found on our parsley garden in late June of 2006. We live near Birmingham, AL in a river valley on several acres between two rivers, the big and Little Cahaba. An entomologist friend of mine identified it for me years ago but I have forgotten its name and do not want to ask again. Hope you can help. Thank you!
Signature: Debbie K Pezzillo

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Hi Debbie,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug nymph.

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Subject: Stink Bug Nymph … or something else?
Location: Paige, TX
April 21, 2014 1:31 pm
It’s spring in Texas, and that means two things are around the corner: blast furnace temperatures and stink bugs. I noticed some some small black and orange bugs on my onion plants about a week ago. They’re oval, and about 1/8″ wide by about 1/4″ long. They appear to be stink bugs nymphs. However, unlike those I’ve seen before, these are capable of flight. Can anyone help me to identify these critters?
Signature: Pyrrhyuloxia

Plant Bug, we believe

Plant Bug, we believe

Dear Pyrrhyuloxia,
This is not a Stink Bug, but we believe it is a member of the same suborder, Heteroptera, the True Bugs.  We believe this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, and a strong contender for the proper identification is
Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus, though your images are soft and lacking in critical detail, so exact identification might not be possible.  According to BugGuide, this species of Plant Bug:  “has at least 15 color varieties. (Eric Eaton).”

I think you nailed it. Thanks!

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Subject: Stink Bug??
Location: Belize
April 19, 2014 7:02 am
I am thinking this may be a stink bug! What do you think?
The colors are striking!! Light blue, vivid orange and black abdomen. (About 1/2″x1/4″x1/4″). Thank You!
Signature: Reggie

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Do you have larger files?

Yes! I’ve sent you the originals. I’ve just sharpened them without cropping or size change. ( FYI, The bugs may be a little larger than I quoted. Maybe 3/4″ long instead of 1/2″.) Thanks!

Thanks for resending the images Reggie.  Unfortunately, all you did was crop the originals and the Stink Bug is not any larger in the resent files.  We identified you Stink Bug as Edessa rufomarginata on Flickr, and we verified that on an Asian version of National Geographic.  We also located an image of Edessa rufomarginata in our own archives.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for going to all that trouble!! It’s wonderful to know what the critter is finally! None of my friends here had any idea what it might be! Sincerely, thank you!
Reggie

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Subject: Black and Red with White Spots
Location: 92595 [Wildomar, California]
April 19, 2014 4:11 pm
I just found this in my backyard and want to know if he will be bad for my vegetables, grapes and fruit trees. I’ve narrowed it down to either a Milkweed Bug or a Box Elder Bug… but don’t know.
Signature: Joseph Morabito

Small Milkweed Bug

Small Milkweed Bug

Dear Joseph,
You did a very good job of narrowing this identification to two similar looking species.  This is actually a Small Milkweed Bug,
Lygaeus kalmii, and we do not believe it will cause any significant problems in your garden.  Citations on BugGuide include:  “Adults suck nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants, and also feed on milkweed seeds(?). Also reported to be scavengers and predators, especially in spring when milkweed seeds are scarce. They have been reported feeding on honey bees, monarch caterpillars and pupae, and dogbane beetles, among others. The Life of a Californian Population of the Facultative Milkweed Bug Lygaeus kalmii.  Adults mainly feed on milkweed seeds, but they often consume nectar from various flowers. Harvard Entomology.”

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: El Pueblito, Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico.
April 17, 2014 1:56 pm
I found this little bug over my leg when I was sitting on a bench outside my house. Ive never seen this kind of insect befere so I decided to take it home to take a few shots of it. It almost look like somebody painted on it, its really beautiful. I hope its not poisonous because I threw it away very close from home.
Signature: Oscar Vazquez

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Hi Oscar,
The bold colors and markings on this Giant Mesquite Bug nymph make it quite unforgettable. 

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Subject: red bug, white spots, black legs
Location: Houston, TX
April 14, 2014 8:57 pm
just sent a note – have to correct it. This was found on Jan 11, 2014 in Houston. And I didn’t upload all the shots
Signature: Tom Lawson

Immature Milkweed Assassin Bug

Immature Milkweed Assassin Bug

Hi Tom,
This is a beneficial, predatory Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph,
Zelus longipes, and it should be handled with caution as they are known to bite.  The bite is not considered dangerous, but it can be painful.

Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

Thanks so much – I’ll be caredul!

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