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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.
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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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Subject: Query of insect
Location: South West Rocks NSW
February 13, 2015 8:16 pm
Found this visitor in the garden at South West Rocks NSW and cant identify it. Can you help
Signature: Phil Young

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Dear Phil,
This is a beneficial predatory Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae, but we cannot find an exact visual match on the Brisbane Insect website.  Assassin Bugs should be handled with caution as they can deliver a painful bite. We found a close match on FlickR that is identified as the Common Assassin Bug,
Pristhesancus plagipennis.  The Common Assassin Bug is well represented on the Brisbane Insect Website, but the coloration looks different, so there may be regional variations, of something may be misidentified.

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Thanks so much for the help with this. Not what I’d thought of. An always careful with insects and let them come and go. Glad to know it’s a beneficial predator. Again thank you. Phil

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Subject: Orange and Black “thing”
Location: South East Queensland, Australia
January 24, 2015 9:10 pm
Hi,
I’m Katie, I’m only 12 but I found this really strange looking insect on my trampoline. It’s like an ant, but like a spider. It has a bright orange abdomen and it’s thorax is black along with its head. It has 2 long antenna that are orange and its 6 legs are black and white striped. I’ve looked in my MANY bug books and google image searched it, nothing that looks like it. I hope you can help me.
Signature: Love Katie

Immature Assassin Bug

Immature Assassin Bug

Hi Katie,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, and based on images on the Brisbane Insect website, we have determined that it is the Common Assassin Bug,
Pristhesancus plagipennis.  Though it is not a dangerous species, Assassin Bugs are predators and you might get bitten if you attempt to handle them carelessly.  It is best to not handle Assassin Bugs to avoid getting bitten.

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Subject: Egg case on tree
Location: SE Pennsylvania
January 17, 2015 8:13 am
Can you help me identify the critter that made this egg case on the underside of a river birch twig? I am trying to learn about bugs and other beneficial insects. Do you recommend any other helpful sources?
Thanks
Signature: Marilyn

Wheel Bug Egg Case

Wheel Bug Egg Case

Dear Marilyn,
We believe this is the Egg cluster of a Wheel Bug, a species of beneficial predatory Assassin Bug.  The eggs will pass the winter and hatch in the spring.  Though Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans, they might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  Adult Wheel Bugs are quite distinctive looking.
  A good resource book is the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America by Eric Eaton.

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