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Subject: what’s that bug
Location: tx
December 4, 2016 5:23 pm
I was wondering what this bug is it stings an hurts like hell it has green legs all most like grass hopper an a body almost like wasp it leaves a welp that turns into red dot
Signature: Angela Clem

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Dear Angela,
This is a beneficial, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus, probably a Leafhopper Assassin Bug.  Assassin Bugs do not sting.  They have mouths designed to pierce and suck, so you were bitten, not stung. Though it is painful, the bite if a Leafhopper Assassin Bug is not considered dangerous.

Assassin Bug Bite

Assassin Bug Bite

 

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Atlanta (wooded area)
December 1, 2016 3:15 pm
I found this super scary bug on my car during the summer. I haven’t seen one since and it still bothers me that I don’t know what it is. I’m terrified of bugs and I was too afraid to kill it.
Can you help distinguish what kind it is?
Thanks!
Signature: Cass

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Cass,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, a species of beneficial Assassin Bug.  While they might bite a person if carelessly handled, Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans and a bite, while potentially painful, is not considered dangerous.  Adult Wheel Bugs are much more formidable looking than the considerably smaller nymphs.

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Subject: Identification needed
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
November 22, 2016 12:29 pm
My daughter-in-law was taking out her xmas stuff and this bug was among her decorations.
Signature: Thank you. Tammy

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Tammy,
This is a predatory Masked Hunter, a species with a sticky exoskeleton that accumulates dust and debris, effectively camouflaging or masking the Masked Hunter in its environment.  Though they are beneficial, also being credited with preying upon Bed Bugs, Masked Hunters are capable of biting humans, so they should be handled with caution to avoid a potentially painful, but not dangerous bite.

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Subject: New Bug
Location: Penang, Malaysia
November 24, 2016 6:07 am
Hey Bugman,
Thanks for all your help! Here’s another bug I’ve found but can’t identify. The jungles of Malaysia have so many different types of bugs!
Thanks!
Signature: Jon

Immature Assassin Bug

Immature Assassin Bug

Dear Jon,
This is an immature True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, and we feel very confident it is a predatory Assassin Bug nymph because of its resemblance to this North American species.

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Subject: Help identify
Location: Massachusetts
November 16, 2016 8:24 pm
Just curious as to what this is. A customer asked me to identify.
Thanks!
Signature: AnnMarie

Leafhopper Assassin Bug nymph

Leafhopper Assassin Bug nymph

Dear AnnMarie,
This is a predatory immature Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus, and we believe it is a Leafhopper Assassin Bug nymph.

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Subject: Fall Visitor
Location: Northeast Georgia (near Helen)
November 20, 2016 11:12 am
Check out this handsome fella? Came flying in from the trees as the leaves were falling this week in North Georgia, to sit we me and the wife. Didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry, even the cat checked him out. Kept walking around and let me take his picture. That’s a piece of pink street chalk he is sitting on.
No idea really of actually what this is, a type of Mantis perhaps with how it used its front legs, also with a really small head? The vertical spiked plate on the back and the flat metallic looking area, just amazing!
You guys are the best. 🙂 Thanks…
Signature: Frog

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Frog,
This is a positively gorgeous image of a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug.  While not aggressive toward humans, they are capable of delivering a painful bite with the red, piercing mouthpart that is quite evident in your image.

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