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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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Subject: Carpet Insect
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
January 5, 2015 4:20 pm
Hi there,
I was vacuuming a carpet and I saw this little critter scuttling away. I had to take a picture before it disappeared behind the baseboard, so it’s not the greatest angle. However, hopefully I can give a few details to make up for it.
It was a little smaller than a dime, but roughly that size. It was on a carpet and I thought at first that it was a chewed up piece of gum, if that helps with size determination at all.
It was crab-like and almost purely white, though if it did have any spots on its shell they were grayish in color. I live in Canada near Ottawa, Ontario and it is in the heart of winter, -30 degrees today. Thanks
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Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

This is a Masked Hunter, a beneficial predator that is frequently found in homes.  Masked Hunters may bite if carelessly handled.

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Subject: sergio
Location: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
December 17, 2014 6:18 pm
hi i found this bug flying around my room, i killed it becouse i really never saw anything like this before, at fist i thought it was stick bug, but im not sure.
Signature: sergio

Thread Legged Bug

Thread-Legged Bug

Dear Sergio,
This Thread-Legged Bug is a predatory Assassin Bug in the subfamily Emesinae, and though they might bite a human if carelessly handled, they are not considered dangerous.  Since they are predators, they are considered beneficial.  We hope you refrain from future Unnecessary Carnage now that you know this is not a harmful insect.  See BugGuide for additional information on Thread-Legged Bugs.

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Subject: Chagas disease.
Location: center Mexico
December 16, 2014 11:36 am
Dear friends:
I write from Mexico (center), and I really need to know what kind of insect is this. And if this could be a vector for the transmission of Chagas disease.
One of my relatives was bitten by this bug …
Signature: Cornejo

Corsair

Corsair

Dear Cornejo,
The Corsair or Orange Spotted Assassin Bug in the genus Rasahus is NOT a vector for Chagas Disease, but according to BugGuide: it is “said to be able to deliver a painful bite.”

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