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Subject: Identification needed
Location: Rowlett, Texas
November 11, 2014 8:36 pm
I was wanting to know what kind of bug this is Mr. Bugman?
Signature: Rush

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear Rush,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, most likely Acanthocephala femorata based on this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Four legged bug
Location: Southeast Michigan, 30m northwest of Detroit .
November 7, 2014 7:23 am
Found this interesting fellow in the living room yesterday. Slow moving, but very attentive-turned around and checked me out when I was examining him. Happily climbed on the edge of my phone and took a ride outside to a small pile of fallen leaves. Thanks in advance.
Signature: TM

Our Automated Response:  Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

No problem, I’m a patient guy.
Thanks for the response. Did some other research before asking, close as I can tell it may be a leaf footed bug, but appears to have lost the back legs, so hard to tell.
While I was sending you the photos a centipede came tooling across the carpet at me.  Another successful catch and release to the front porch.

Western Conifer Seed Bug missing hind legs

Western Conifer Seed Bug missing hind legs

Dear TM,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, indeed one of the Leaf Footed Bugs, and you are correct that it is missing its distinctive hind legs.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes when the weather cools to hibernate, passing the winter in relative comfort.  They will not harm your home or belongings.

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Subject: Is this a bee assassin?
Location: Tallahassee, FL
November 1, 2014 7:13 pm
Found a large group of these strange black/orange/yellow bugs with white spots on their backs. They are ranging in size from mickle to quarter. The large one in top right is around a quarter.
Please help.
Signature: Drew

Giant Milkweed Bugs

Giant Milkweed Bugs

Dear Drew,
This looks to us like an aggregation of Giant Milkweed Bugs,
Sephina gundlachi, which according to BugGuide is:  “Confined to climbing milkweed, Cynanchum scoparium.”  Do you have climbing milkweed planted nearby? 

Thank you for the quick response! Yes, there actually is some not too far from where this picture was taken. Great info.
I have lived in FL all my life and have never seen even one Milkweed Bug, so it comes as no surprise I had to find out what was going on in this case.
Thank you for your help. I will try and make a donation to your site next paycheck. Can’t promise it will be much, but I do appreciate what you all are doing.
Drew H.

Hi Drew,
Thanks for your kind intentions.

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Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Subject: Bug for identification
Location: Seattle, WA
October 10, 2014 7:09 pm
I live in Seattle, Washington and we have had a warm summer for us (80 degree days) and we are now entering our fall season and the temperature has dropped to the 70’s. I have had a few of these bugs at my house and many of my friends on Facebook have said they have them too and none of us know what they are and are hoping you can help us! We appreciate any information you can provide!!
Thank you!
Signature: Brenda

Dear Brenda,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, is a native species to the Pacific Northwest, but beginning in the 1960s, perhaps due to increased mobility and travel, the range began to expand.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is now well established in much of the northern part of North America, and in the early part of the 21st century, it became established in Europe as well.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often go unnoticed until weather begins to cool and they enter homes to hibernate.

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Subject: Poisonous to Humans?
October 11, 2014 3:37 am
I just had to destroy all my Tomato plants because of a mass infestation of HUGE  Leaf Footed Plant
Bugs. There were 7-8 of these bugs on ONE Tomato–many Tomatoes.  I only had 7 Tomato Plants in containers, but they COVERED them all. I live in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada, and everything I’ve read about them says they are not on this side of the country! The Nevada Extension says they are rare, but not unheard of.   They are now on my Bell Peppers, though not nearly as many.
However, I cannot find out if the toxic enzyme that they inject into the fruit , also allowing pathogens into the fruit safe for human consumption.  I can’t see any obvious damage, and I am very diligent about keeping them off the Bell Peppers.  I don’t want to get myself or family sick. Do you know if they’re poisonous?
Your quick response would be greatly appreciated.     Thank You,  Diane Huff
Signature: Diane Huff

though the damage to fruit is unsightly, and probably does not taste very good, to the best of our knowledge, the enzymes injected will not negatively affect the health of a human.

Dear Mr. Marlos,
Thank you so very much for your VERY quick reply!  You’re the first person to commit to any other reply than, ” I don’t know”.
I feel much better about preparing my family a Stuffed Pepper dinner, with a salad containing raw peppers.
What do you know about “Anthracnose” fungus on Bell Pepper leaves? I know that’s not a bug, and I see NO lesions on the peppers
like I see in all the photos that I’ve researched online.  The small damage is only on the leaves and maybe a tiny bit on a mark
on a very few of the peppers.
I probably have no right to ask you about fungi, but all I get everywhere else is “I don’t know”. If you do not, I figured it couldn’t
hurt to ask, could it?      Sorry if it is…
Again, I thank you so very much—you’re the best!!!
Diane Huff

Hi Diane,
We actually gave you a very quick response without any research, and now we feel we need to remedy that.  We hunted our archives to find appropriate images to illustrate your questions since you did not provide any images.  We can tell you that we personally have eaten pomegranates that fed Leaf Footed Bugs, and we did not suffer any ill effects, though we did not eat the parts of the fruit that looked bad, dried out and generally unappetizing.  We have been buying oranges that are eerily dry in some parts, and we suspect that Leaf Footed Bugs might be the cause, but since we just juice the oranges, and we don’t have to eat the dried parts, other than getting less juice from an orange, we haven’t noticed a difference in flavor.
  We don’t know anything about the fungus, but perhaps one of our readers will comment.


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Subject: Borer Beetle??
Location: central New Hampshire
October 5, 2014 11:40 am
These beetles come into our house as the weather starts to get colder here in New England. Not sure how they get in. They are approx. 1-2 inches in length. I catch and release them back outside. My wife worries they are harmful to some of the native trees. What is this and is it a destructive critter?
Signature: bugged in NH

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear bugged in NH,
Your description of this Western Conifer Seed Bug is accurate.  When the weather begins to cool, Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes to hibernate, and though they can be a nuisance, they will not damage the home, its furnishings or its inhabitants.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, but in the 1960s, due to a variety of factors that might include climate change and human travel patterns, the Western Conifer Seed Bug increased its range to include all of North America except the southeast.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug feeds upon “sap from green cones, twigs, seed pulp, and sometimes needles of Pinaceae (pines, hemlock, spruce, Douglas-fir)” according to BugGuide, but they do not harm the trees themselves.

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