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Subject: neon orange bug in Costa Rica with cool patterns
Location: Costa Rica
September 23, 2016 3:06 pm
Hola, My husband and I moved to Costa Rica a year and a half ago. We spend a lot of time photographing animals, wildlife and insects. Here is an interesting neon orange bug we came across with an interesting pattern. Any idea what kind of bug this is? We took this photo near the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica on the Pacific side. Gracias!
Kari P Silcox
www.happycoconutstravelblog.com
Signature: Kari Pinkerton Silcox

Flag Footed Bug

Flag Footed Bug

Dear Kari,
This spectacular insect goes by the very descriptive name Flag Footed Bug,
Anisocelis flavolineata.

Thank you so much for the quick reply!
Kari

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Subject: Re: Leaf Footed Bug / Unknown??
Location: South East of England, Harwich, Essex
September 15, 2016 4:09 pm
Dear Daniel (The Bugman),
Please would you kindly consider helping me identify the bug in the photos? We have come across 4 of these bugs in less than 72 hours. The first one found on my wardrobe door – the next appeared on the bathroom net curtain. Just tonight, we found another walking across a bed and to our horror another in that same bed less than 20 minutes later. As you can imagine it’s proven to be quite alarmingly as we have never seen one or these before in our life – let alone four of these in quick succession. It’s a worry in case they are dangerous insect. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but a person in my household got bitten twice on the arm in the night a week ago and whatever it were pierced the skin to draw blood. She often gets beaten by gnats due to having a rare blood group though it never pierces the skin like it did on this occasion. I could be over-worrying here for nothing although the insect had similar resemblances to “Leaf Footed Bug” except I don’t think we get those in the UK. We also found a Black Widow Spider in our shed in recent weeks meaning anything is surely possible given this heatwave and hotter weather.
I would appreciate your assistance if your team has time. :)
Thank you so much,
Signature: Chris

Hi Daniel,
Here is an update. We just found another one since my email.
This is a crystal clear photo
Any ideas please? :/
Cheers,
Chris

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Chris,
Thanks for sending a sharper image.  This is indeed a Leaf Footed Bug, more specifically a Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a species native to the Pacific Northwest.  Its range began expanding in the in the mid 20th Century, and now it is found across North America as evidenced by this BugGuide map.  We suspect the range expansion is related to human travel and to the fact that this species often enters homes to hibernate as the weather begins to cool.  Early in the 21st Century, Western Conifer Seed Bugs were reported in Europe and now sightings in the UK and other parts of Europe are relatively frequent.  According to BugGuide:  “recently introduced to Europe (first record: Italy 1999) and now widespread there.”  According to British Bugs:  “A very large and spectacular squashbug which has characteristic expansions on the hind tibiae and a white zigzag mark across the centre of the forewings.   Native to the USA and introduced into Europe in 1999, it has since spread rapidly and during 2008-2011 influxes of immigrants were reported from the coast of southern England, with a wide scatter of records inland.  The bug feeds on pines and is probably well-established here; nymphs have been found at several locations. It is attracted to light and may enter buildings in search of hibernation sites in the autumn.”

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much for the quick response! :)
I must apologise for my delayed response thought had already replied.
Your response was very reassuring and a huge relieve!
Keep up the great work! :)
Cheers,
Chris

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Subject: What the heck?!
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
August 29, 2016 10:03 pm
I’ve never seen one of these before in my life and now they’re crowding around on of our lights outside. We don’t have the problem on the other side of the house. These things love to dive bomb me too.
Are they poisonous? Do they bite? How do I make them go away!?
Signature: Joanna

Leaf Footed Bugs

Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Joanna,
These are Leaf Footed Bugs in the genus
Leptoglossus, and they are native to your area.  They are not poisonous.  We have never gotten a report of a person being bitten, but we would not discount that possibility.  Turning off the lights that are attracting them will solve your problem.

Leaf Footed Bugs

Leaf Footed Bugs

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Subject: Can’t seem to figure this one out!
Location: Los Angeles area
August 15, 2016 7:32 pm
I found this guy on my pool deck. I live in the Los Angeles area and I spotted him on August 15, 2016. He is a cute little guy that flies ando crawles.
Signature: Lilly

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Lilly,
This Leaf Footed Bug is
Leptoglossus zonatus, a species that can be identified, according to BugGuide, by:  “Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive.   Also has a zigzagging white band across the wings (like some other species).   Expansions of the hind tibiae are also much larger and more jagged than most other species.”

Oh Daniel!
Thanks so much, I have been up all night trying to find him.  I narrowed it down  a bit, but thank you for zeroing in on him.  They all look so different.  This guy’s fancy and extra colorful!
Thank you for responding so quickly!
I just love what you do.  Thanks for helping me with my curiosity of life’s little creatures.
Lilly 😆

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Subject: Cannot Google ID this one
Location: Northeasthma Georgia
August 14, 2016 5:43 pm
This guy landed on my windshield. We are in northeast Georgia.
Signature: Mickey

What's That Bug? Immature Leaf Footed Bug

What’s That Bug?
Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Mickey,
We are wonderfully amused with your playful take on our site’s name.  The insect crawling on the window, terrifying the driver of the vehicle is a harmless, immature Leaf Footed Bug, probably in the genus
Acanthocephela.  Here is a matching image on BugGuide for comparison.  Several species in the genus are found in your area.

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Subject: What this bug?
Location: Tennessee
July 16, 2016 4:53 pm
We found this bug on my husbands cruiser. We live in OakRidge TN. The season of course is summer. He became very aggressive when caught and changed colors.
Signature: Christen T.

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Christen,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and you may compare your image to this BugGuide image.

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