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Subject: Giant stink bug Costa Rica
Location: Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
January 22, 2015 2:35 pm
These bugs were on a tree in southern Costa Rica on the Pacific coast near Uvita. They were found today, Jan. 22, 2015 at 2 pm. Related to Giant Mesquite Bug? They were between 1.5 and 2 inches in length and they were found beside a dry stream bed.
Signature: Cathy and Lisa

Immature True Bugs

Nymphs of Coreid Bugs:  Pachylis pharaonis

Dear Cathy and Lisa,
We are not certain these immature True Bugs are in the same genus,
Thasus, as the Giant Mesquite Bugs, since their colors and markings are different than other images we have seen, but the flattened segment on the antennae are consistent with the genusThe closest match we can find at this time is this individual from Guatemala that is in our archives.  Perhaps your individuals are a regional color variation or a not well documented species.

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Subject: Strange insect in Georgia
Location: Bulloch County, (southeastern) Georgia, USA
January 23, 2015 8:21 am
I would greatly appreciate any assistance in identifying this unusual-looking insect which was photographed in Bulloch County, Georgia on January 13, 2015, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Thank you.
Signature: William R.

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear William,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and based on images and range information on BugGuide, we believe it is Acanthocephala declivis.

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Subject: Twig wilter
Location: Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
January 15, 2015 1:31 am
Hi
Searching the web this appears to be twig wilter, however I am not able to find an exact match. Can you please confirm and identify:
1) Type
2) Name
3) Are they harmful to man or plants
4) What do they eat
Many thanks
Signature: Cobus_KZN

TwigWilter Nymphs

TwigWilter Nymphs

Dear Cobus KZN,
We located a matching image of your TwigWilter nymphs from the family Coreidae on iSpot, but alas, they are only identified to the family level.  TwigWilters, AKA Leaf Footed Bugs, Big Legged Bugs or Flag Footed Bugs as they are known in North and Central America, do feed on plants and they can damage fruits and young twigs, but they are not dangerous to humans.  We hope to be able to provide you with a species name soon.

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Subject: Starship Trooper Bug
Location: South Carolina
November 30, 2014 6:55 pm
So I’m pretty sure that I stumbled across the predecessor to the bug that starred in the movie Starship Troopers today. *But slightly smaller.
We had several sightings of this same type of bug throughout the day today so I wasn’t completely shocked when one showed up right in my face while I was hanging Christmas lights. I collected myself (no girlish screams I promise) and knew what Casper Van Deen’s character must have felt like.
My 5 yr old son was with me and of course demanded to know what type of bug it was… so far “not a cockroach” is the best I can come up with. Stink bug was also a suspect but google thinks not.
Signature: Johnny Rico

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear Johnny,
This Big Legged Bug, probably Acanthocephala declivis based on this image on BugGuide, does somewhat resemble the Starship Trooper Bug, but not as much as this Wheel Bug nymph.

Starship Troopers Bug

Starship Troopers Bug

 

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Subject: bug in Suriname (South America)
Location: suriname
December 2, 2014 1:38 pm
Hi there,
My family in Suriname saw this colorful bug in their garden..
Do you know what it is?
Thanks a lot!
Sam (Holland)
Signature: sam

Probably Coreid Bug

Probably Coreid Bug

Dear Sam,
We are relatively certain that this True Bug is in the family Coreidae, the Leaf Footed Bugs, but we have not been able to identify it to the species level.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a more specific identification.
  We tried unsuccessfully to identify it on Cesar Crash’s Brazilian site Insetologia.

Update:  December 5, 2014
Thanks to a comment by Cesar Crash, we now know that this is
Pachylis pharaonis.  It is pictured  on Coreoidae.speciesfile and on Animals Animals.

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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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