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Subject: Assasin or Leaf Footed
Location: Katy, Texas
April 22, 2015 7:26 am
Hello bugman! Yesterday morning I found 10 of these bugs walking around one of my tomato cages! I hate exterminating bugs it even pains me when my husband gets rid of ant piles. I belive all animals are important to our ecosystem, I’m really hoping these are Assasin bugs and not Leaf Footed
Signature: Karina

Leptoglossus Nymph

Leptoglossus Nymph

Dear Karina,
This sure looks like a Leaf Footed Bug nymph from the genus
Leptoglossus to us, based on this image posted to BugGuide.  Generally, Assassin Bugs are solitary hunters, and if you find Hemipteran nymphs (not hatchlings) in groups, they are more often than not feeding on plants together.

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Subject: Red and black bug
Location: Spring Hill, FL
April 20, 2015 2:45 am
I found this bug walking around on one of my garbage cans yesterday. I’ve never seen anything like this before and am concerned that it could be dangerous/poisonous to my dog. I’m in central/west FL. It’s been in the mid 80’s for at least a month and a little rainy lately. Also, my garbage cans are kept in the shade.
Signature: Concerned

Immature Big Legged Bug

Immature Big Legged Bug

Dear Concerned,
This is an immature member of the family Coreidae, commonly called Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs, and we believe it is in the genus
Acanthocephala based on this BugGuide image.  Though many members of this family are considered plant pests in the garden, they are not poisonous or harmful to humans or dogs.

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Bug On Orange
Location:  Altadena, California
April 9, 2015
Howdy,
It’s been a while since I’ve sent you a photo; however, I took the following image of an insect on a disfigured orange and thought you might be able to provide an identification? The tree was located in the Anza-Borrego Desert at a private residence. Most of the oranges on the tree were in fine shape; however, a few had identical brown spots on them. I suspect this insect is associated with the bruised / damaged areas on those oranges.
Thanks!
Lori in Altadena, CA

Western Leaf Footed Bug

Western Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Lori,
We have gotten previous reports of Western Leaf Footed Bugs,
Leptoglossus zonatus, feeding on oranges, tomatoes and we have ourselves seen Western Leaf Footed Bugs feeding on Pomegranates.  The insects inject an enzyme that blights the fruit.

Wow! Thanks for the prompt reply! Find attached a few more “bug photos” you might enjoy. I think I’ve ID’d them correctly. Feel free to use the photos if you wish.
Kind regards,
Lori

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Subject: Ants
Location: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
March 6, 2015 8:58 pm
I am not sure that they’re ants. But at least that’s what my father said. They usually lay eggs on doorframes, windows, and clotheslines. It happens almost all the time, finding their eggs. So I’m curious, what are they? Are they dangerous? Thank you!

Immature Hemipterans

Immature Hemipterans

Dear Celine,
These are Hemipterans, True Bugs.  They are also immature nymphs.  The eggs look like Leaf Footed Bug eggs in the family Coreidae, and that is one Hemipteran family.  Our best guess is that they are immature Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.

Probably Coreid Eggs

Probably Coreid Eggs

Signature: Celine A.

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Subject: Grasshopper (?)
Location: South West WA
February 16, 2015 5:40 am
I have not seen this type of grasshopper (?) on my farm in 15 years – is it something ‘exotic’ or have I just been missing them?
I found two of them earlier today (Mon 16 Fed 2015) in a wisteria that is creeping over the fencing in my driveway entrance.
They seem to be able to fly quite well – and make quite a bit of noise doing it! The noise is what alerted me to their presence.
Thanks
Signature: John

Our Robo-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.

I have managed to identify the insect in the query I submitted earlier – it is a CRUSADER BUG

Crusader Bug

Crusader Bug

Dear John,
We are happy you identified your Crusader Bug prior to our response, and we are thrilled to be able to add a new Big Legged Bug or Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae from Australia to our archives as our existing images of the species are all of immature nymphs.  More about the Crusader Bug,
Mictis profana, can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

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Subject: Strange Bug
Location: Bogotá, 2.600 mts above sea level
February 8, 2015 10:24 pm
Dear Mr. Bugman,
I found these strange bugs in my garden, lots of them in a tree (Alcaparro in spanish). Nobody can tell me what kind of bugs they are, if harmful or poisonous. I live in Bogotá, Colombia. S.A. Will
you please tell me about it?
Thank you,
Signature: Silvia Riaño

Immature Giant Mesquite Bugs

Immature Giant Mesquite Bugs

Dear Silvia,
Though your image is blurry, we are pretty confident these are Giant Mesquite Bugs in the genus
Thasus.  They are not poisonous and we even received a report that they are edible.

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