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Subject: Mexican Red Abdomen Winged Beetle
Location: Puebla, Mexico
December 6, 2016 9:06 pm
Hi! I have been searching around using different key words but I don’t have the knowledge to sufficiently describe at least the curious antennae of this winged beetle found in Mexico in the state of Puebla. It would be amazing if either you know the beetle and its genus/latin name, and I would be very Very curious to read your scientific description of the beetle. The language for these descriptions are fascinating (something we take for granted all too often). Whenever possible, I’d love to know more. Thank you in advance and my sincere appreciation for your support!
Signature: Sean Aguirre Buckley

Giant Mesquite Bug

Giant Mesquite Bug

Dear Sean,
There are very few online images of Giant Mesquite Bugs from the genus
Thasus online that show the red abdomen, but we did locate this image on BugGuide.  The Giant Mesquite Bug is a True Bug in the family Coreidae, the Big Legged Bugs or Leaf Footed Bugs, not a beetle.  We get numerous requests to identify the colorful nymphs of Giant Mesquite Bugs that tend to feed in groups.

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Subject: Six legs and wings
Location: Gold Bar, WA
November 30, 2016 4:49 pm
I have run across two of these in the last month, both about the same size. They do fly, I captured this one in a cup while it was hovering next to the light bulb in a desk lamp. We have lived here ten years and I have not seen any before.
Signature: Dave Zehrung

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Dave,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, including Washington.  Since the 1960s, its range has significantly expanded to include much of northern North America, and since the 21st Century, Europe as well.

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Subject: Big Bug
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
November 26, 2016 5:20 pm
Dear Bugman
It´s the first time in 9 year I saw in my yard a large bug like this (about 2.5 cm long)
Can you help me identify it.
Signature: bicvenaa

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear bicvenaa,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  We cannot provide you with an exact species, but here is a similar looking individual, also from Venezuela, that is posted to Minden Pictures stock photo agency.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your response.
According to the picture from Minden Pictures no doubts about genus Acanthocephala.
Regards,

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Subject: What is this bug! Queensland Australia
Location: Queensland Australia
November 26, 2016 4:08 pm
Hi,
Could you help us figure out what this bug is? It looks like an assasin bug but still has pink legs where as on google other assasin bugs have full black legs? Is it just a baby?
Thanks!
Signature: No preference

Fruit Spotting Bug nymph

Immature Fruit Spotting Bug

This is NOT an Assassin Bug.  Our gut reaction was that this must be a Leaf Footed Bug or Tip Wilter in the family Coreidae, and that suspicion proved correct when we located this FlickR image taken of Airlie Beach.  We found it identified as a Fruit Spotting Bug, Amblypelta lutescens or A. nitida , thanks to the Brisbane Insect site.  It is called a Banana Spotting Bug on the International Journal of Pest Management site.

Ahh thank you so much! It’s been driving is crazy 🙂

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Subject: Just making sure we didn’t bring ah hitchhiker back from Punta Cana
Location: Victoria BC
November 13, 2016 6:19 pm
Hello
We just got back from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic yesterday and woke up to this bug outside our on-suite bathroom. I can’t find it a picture of this bug anywhere. I want to make sure we didn’t bring back an unwanted house guest.
hoping you can help
thanks in advance
–Mike
Signature: hoping you can help

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Mike,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a native species to the Pacific Northwest, however it has greatly increased its range, probably with human assistance, since the 1960s.  It is now reported in much of Europe.

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Subject: Western conifer seed bug?
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
November 6, 2016 2:53 pm
I at first thought assassin bug.
I went through and most images had a picture of a similar looking insect but without the leaf shaped skeleton on the legs.
Until I found one. I read the article and I’m now unsure if it truly is a Western conifer seed bug or not.
How do I tell?
Do they bite (pierce) you if held?
Do they carry any diseases or viruses?
I did not touch it.
Signature: Michael M. Petrovich

Leptoglossus zonatus

Leptoglossus zonatus

Dear Michael,
The reason you mistook this Leaf Footed Bug,
Leptoglossus zonatus, for a Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, is that they are members of the same genus.  They 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.”  It is possible they might bite if carelessly handled.  This Leaf Footed Bug is not known to carry any diseases or viruses that affect humans, but BugGuide notes:  “potential vector of diseases in corn.”

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