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Subject: Assassin nymph eating fly
Location: Amarillo, TX
April 24, 2016 7:05 am
Hey bugman!
I spotted a tiny assassin bug carrying a house fly around in our yard yesterday and wanted to share. Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!
Signature: Brittani Hinders

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Dear Brittani,
We believe that based on this BugGuide image, your Assassin Bug nymph is
Zelus luridus.

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Subject: Unknown bug- help!
Location: King George VA
April 5, 2016 5:38 pm
I live in King George Virginia and came across this bug on my siding by my front door yesterday, April 4, 2016. I have heard horrible things about the kissing bug and am freaked out, is this one of them? Some people have said yes it is others have said it’s an orange assassin bug p. Barberi. Are kissing bugs and assassin bugs the same thing??
Signature: Confused

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Confused,
We will attempt to remedy your confusion.  This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug in the genus
Pselliopus, probably Pselliopus barberi.  Though it might bite if carelessly handled, it is a beneficial predatory species that poses no danger to humans.  Assassin Bugs are all members of the family Reduviidae, and Kissing Bugs are members of the family and further classified in the Subfamily Triatominae.  That means all Kissing Bugs are Assassin Bugs, but not all Assassin Bugs are Kissing Bugs.

Thank you for clarifying, and relieving my fears! So the sycamore assassin bug doesn’t carry Chaga’s disease, correct?

Correct.  Also it is worth noting that while Kissing Bugs can carry Chagas Disease, it is not very common in the US.  It is a much bigger problem in Latin America.

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Subject: what kind of bug is this
Location: philippines
March 31, 2016 3:58 pm
Hi,
Good day, I want to know what kind of insects or bug is this. I was 6 months pregnant and I lost my baby because I had a preterm labor and I gave birth too early , Im thinking one of the reason is the night after I gave birth. I had bitten by insect or bug then after an hour I had rashes and then I experience difficulty of breathing until I fall asleep. When I woke up I already had my contraction for several hours and gave birth too early and sadly my baby died because the doctor said his lungs are not yet fully developed. I really wanted to know what kind of bug is this and what are the effects when you get bit by this bug.
I will truely appreciate your response.
Thank you,
Signature: What kind of bug

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

We are sorry to learn about your tragedy, and we cannot say for certain that an insect bite was the cause.  This Assassin Bug may be a member of the blood-sucking subfamily Triatominae.  You can find out more information on the subfamily by referring to the online article The Kissing Bug in Quezon City, Philippines.

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Subject: bugs in oak tree
Location: Jonesville, South Carolina
March 19, 2016 1:46 pm
These bugs were seen on the bottom of an oak tree limb about 7′ from the ground near Jonesville, South Carolina on a 70 degree day in March. It looks an entire family at different stages of growth.
Signature: Kenny

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Dear Kenny,
This is a group of Wheel Bug hatchlings.  The two that are bright orange may have just molted, and they will eventually darken in color.  Wheel Bugs are beneficial predators that will help keep your oak tree free of pestiferous species of insects.

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

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Subject: Red & black bug
Location: Lake Jackson Tx
March 6, 2016 6:46 am
Dear Bugman
I was curious about this red & black bug I’ve seen several times here on the Texas Gulf Coast, will it hurt my plants & does it bite?
Thanks in advance!
Signature: Rae Nichols

Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph

Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph

Dear Rae,
This is an immature Milkweed Assassin Bug,
 Zelus longipes, a predatory species that will help to eliminate harmful pests from your garden.  Though they are not aggressive toward humans, you may encounter a bite if you carelessly handle an Assassin Bug.

Thank you so much! I will be sure to leave it alone & not touch it Thank you!!
Rae

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Subject: Bug id
Location: Sydney australia
January 26, 2016 10:29 pm
I was bitten/stung by this not long ago in Sydney and was wondering what it is and what issues that come with the bite if any hurt like hell at the time has settled not buy is still painful 20 mins later. As u can see in the photos 3 stings in a row across a short area
Signature: Thanks Mark

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Dear Mark,
This is an Assassin Bug and its aposomatic or warning coloration is appropriate.  There is not enough detail in your image to make a definite species ID.  This might be a Ground Assassin Bug, but a quick glance at Brisbane Insects reveals that there are many red and black Assassin Bugs in Australia.  Your individual appears to be wingless, and it might be a wingless species or it might be an immature nymph.  Some species of Assassin Bugs are more inclined to bite than others, and Assassin Bugs in the genus
Triatoma, known as Kissing Bugs, feed on the blood of warm blooded creatures, including humans.

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

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