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Subject: underside of zucchini leaves
Location: northeast ohio
July 22, 2014 4:18 pm
A friend who runs a small busy found these on the underside of a leaf. This was today, so high summer. We want to know what this is and whether they will damage the pants
Signature: golly

Squash Bug Hatchlings

Squash Bug Hatchlings

Dear golly,
These are eggs and newly hatched Squash Bugs,
Anasa tristis, and there is on older, but still immature individual near the center of the group.  You can compare your image to this excellent series of images on BugGuide.  Squash Bugs will not damage your pants, but according to BugGuide:  “the most injurious coreid in FL causes wilting and blackening of leaves; can transmit cucurbit yellow vine disease.”  While they will not damage your pants, the are quite injurious to squash plants.  As you can see from the BugGuide Data page, they are not limited in range to Florida. 

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Subject: Praying Mantis/grasshopper
Location: Tampa, FL
July 12, 2014 11:16 am
Hi. My brothers were jogging in Tampa FL and came upon this bug. It’s very different and we have never seen it before. Could you tell us what it is
Signature: Gabby

Big Legged Bug:  Acanthocephala declivis

Big Legged Bug: Acanthocephala declivis

Dear Gabby,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, and the species,
 Acanthocephala declivisdoes not have a common name.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Ware, massachusetts
July 7, 2014 2:48 pm
We found this little guy in iur back yard! We wanna know if he’s dangerous or harmless? And what on earth type of bug it is? He looked somewhat like a scorpion too us, but 1. Too small and 2. No scorpions around here.
Signature: Thank you so much, Amanda Courchesne

Molting Leaf Footed Bug

Molting Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Amanda,
This is a molting Leaf Footed Bug nymph, and you can see its cast off exoskeleton in the upper right side of the image, which we rotated.  We believe this is a member of the genus
Acanthocephala, probably Acanthocephala terminalis which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: ID Bug
Location: Tucson Arizona
June 6, 2014 1:14 pm
This bug was found on a tree at a commercial office complex in Tucson, AZ during the month of June, 2014.
Thank you!
Signature: Matt from Sahuarita Arizona

Giant Mesquite Bug nymph

Giant Mesquite Bug nymph

Hi Matt,
This is an immature Giant Mesquite Bug.

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Subject: Quite colorful
Location: South central Louisiana
June 12, 2014 9:18 pm
I found this “deadly” looking creature on the hood of my truck which was parked underneath a large water oak Thursday June 12, 2014. I live in New Iberia, Louisiana which is south central about thirty miles from the coast. It has red and blue on its legs and a yellowish spot on it’s back. Although I am extremely allergic to ant and wasp venom I didn’t kill it nor did I get a better photo and risk anaphylactic shock. Thank you for the great website!
Signature: CarrieSue

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Hi CarrieSue,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug, probably in the genus
Acanthocephala.  We have not heard of them biting people, but since they have mouths designed to pierce plants and suck juices, we imagine it is possible to be bitten.  See BugGuide for more information.

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Subject: Beautiful Assassin?
Location: Helotes, Tx – just north of San Antonio
June 5, 2014 12:09 pm
I found and interesting bug wandering around my back patio here in San Antonio this afternoon. Upon first inspection I thought it might be a spider, but it clearly has only 6 legs. It’s back end was black and white, and paddle-shaped. When I got closer for a photo, the paddle would raise up and it was clearly attempting to scare me away. I looked up pictures on Aggie Horticulture, but never found anything like this beauty. Is it a type of assassin bug? I left it alone (after persuading the puppy to do the same), and am hoping to hear back that it is eating bugs in my yard and not boring holes into my home.
Thank you!
Signature: Catherine Schulz

Big Legged Plant Bug

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear Catherine,
We agree that this is a beautiful bug, and it does resemble an immature Wheel Bug, which is a species of Assassin Bug, but it is actually a Big Legged Plant Bug nymph in the genus
Acanthocephela, as you can see by comparing to this image on BugGuide.  There is no food plant mentioned for the genus on BugGuide, though one species is commonly called a Giant Agave Bug, which would indicate it feeds on agave.

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