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Subject: Orange and Yellow Bug
Location: Georgia
July 2, 2015 7:31 am
Can you help us figure out what kind of bug this is? Never seen one like it before.
Signature: Thesouphead

Newly Metamorphosed Wheel Bug

Newly Metamorphosed Wheel Bug

Dear Thesouphead,
This is a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug, but what makes your image so interesting is the coloration.  Wheel Bugs are a dark gray, but just after metamorphosis, before the exoskeleton has a chance to harden, the color is much lighter.  Your Wheel Bug has just undergone metamorphosis from a nymph to a winged adult.

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Subject: Mantis-like thing?
Location: East Tennessee
June 28, 2015 1:48 am
Found this crawling on my computer screen today. I had a window open, but still, not sure how It got in the house. I thought he might be a Praying Mantis, but the eyes have me baffled. Anyone know what this is?
Whatever it is, it’s in my garden now. He looked like a predator, so I wanted to give him a chance to do what he was made for. :)
Signature: Kyrus

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Kyrus,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, and though they are not related to Mantids, they share the physical feature of raptoreal front legs.  We believe your nymph is a Spiny Assassin Bug in the genus
Sinea, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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Subject: insect on pecan tree May 2015
Location: southeastern North Carolina
June 2, 2015 7:09 am
Please tell me what this insect is.
Can it cause damage to the tree or its nuts?
Signature: Tom Maloy

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Tom,
This is an immature, predatory Wheel Bug, and it is a beneficial insect that will help to naturally control pestiferous species that may compromise the health of your tree, potentially increasing the number of nuts produced.

Thank you so much, I didn’t kill the bug and I will watch for them in future.
Tom

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
May 11, 2015 8:10 pm
This hive/nest is located at a tree next to my kids bus stop. I wanted to know what type of bugs there were, if they bite and if they are dangerous. The kids are curious and I can see them trying to pick the bugs up. Thanks.
Signature: ?

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

These are predatory, beneficial Wheel Bug hatchlings.  The adult Wheel Bug is the largest North American Assassin Bug.

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Subject: could these be assasin bug nymphs?
Location: fort worth, texas
April 20, 2015 8:11 pm
I’m located in North texas and found these on my maple tree. They look to be assasin bug nymphs, but I can’t be sure.
Signature: K. Meredith

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Dear K. Meredith,
These Wheel Bug hatchlings are indeed Assassin Bug nymphs.

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Subject: bug crawled in my ear at night!
Location: west michigan
April 9, 2015 2:33 pm
Hi I had this bug crawl in my ear while I was sleeping, made my ear bleed and bad inflammation. Any info?
Signature: Bug-eared Bob

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Bob,
You were bitten by an unmasked, immature Masked Hunter, a
beneficial predatory Assassin Bug that is known to eat Bed Bugs.  The reason we are calling it “unmasked” is that immature Masked Hunters have sticky exoskeletons that attract dust and debris, effectively masking the predator in its surroundings.  Adult Masked Hunters are black and they do not attract dust.  Though you had a local reaction to the bite, it is not considered dangerous.

Thank you so much!! This was very helpful, and you put my wife at ease when you said they eat unwelcome pests.

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