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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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Subject: No idea.
Location: Tucson, AZ
December 10, 2014 1:16 pm
I took a picture of this strange bug I’ve never seen before, and was wondering if you had any clue to what it might be.
Signature: Jeremiah

Immature Assassin Bug

Immature Assassin Bug

Dear Jeremiah,
This is an immature predatory Assassin Bug, but we are uncertain of the species.

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Subject: Is this a kissing bug?
Location: Texas Hill Country
November 26, 2014 2:33 pm
Help! We just moved to the Texas hillcountry and found this big in iur doorway and we’re afraid it’s a kissing bug. It’s belly is light colored and and there appear to be a slight differences in the coloring, the orange line is solid instead of dashes for example. Help us we’re pretty afraid of the possibility of Chagas’ disease.
Signature: Chelsea

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Hi Chelsea,
There is a superficial similarity between the appearance of your Leaf Footed Bug,
Catorhintha selector, and a Kissing Bug because they are in the same suborder, Heteroptera, the True Bugs, but unlike the Kissing Bug, your insect is harmless.  We identified your Leaf Footed Bug on BugGuide.

Thank you so much! On another note, about 2 hours later we also found this bug (photo attached) in our breakfast area, my husband seems to think it is a kissing bug in the nymph stage from looking it up. Hope we’re wrong about this one too!
Best,
Chelsea

Immature Kissing Bug, we believe

Immature Kissing Bug, we believe

Dear Chelsea,
Alas, this time we are in agreement with your husband.  Though the image lacks critical sharpness, this really does resemble an immature Kissing Bug in the genus Triatoma.  You can see the resemblance to this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Stegosaurus?
Location: Eastern virginia, USA
November 14, 2014 8:17 pm
Found this beauty in my backyard in eastern Virginia in early November. I’ve never seen such a bug, was larger than a nickel but smaller than a quarter. What is it?
Signature: Tom

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Hi Tom,
It seems like each autumn we get at least a few requests to identify a dinosaur bug or stegosaurus bug, because that is the time that Wheel Bugs like your individual attain maturity and develop the coglike thoracic feature.

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Subject: BEETLE WITH SPIKES
Location: Southern New Jersey
November 11, 2014 3:41 pm
Found this big guy out back of my office hanging out on the stucco in the sun. He moves very slow. His head seems to be the little stem that hangs far out in front of the rest of him. Just behind the head is what seems like a spiky back-pack. There’s a single line of spikes running down the middle of this ‘back-pack’. His abdomen was covered by wings. Both pictures were taken about a month apart at the same location. The one looking head-on was taken today (11/11/14).
Whats this bug?!
Thanks!
Signature: Adam

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Adam,
This Wheel Bug is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae, not a Beetle.  The Wheel Bug is a predator, and though it is not aggressive toward humans, it might bite if carelessly handled, and we suspect the bite is painful.

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