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Subject: Cool bug!
Location: Amelia Island, FL
May 13, 2015 10:44 am
Hello!
Found this guy this morning on our recycle bin. We live in the North east corner of Florida on Amelia Island. We back up to the Egan’s Creek Greenway so there is always a plethora of cool creatures around (also found a 5 ft garter snake this morning too!)
It is summertime and pretty warm these days. At first I thought it was a spider but upon closer inspection it only has 6 legs and those wild antennae! It’s abdomen is fairly flat. Been looking on the Web but cannot find anything yet…so here you go!
Will see if it is still around and get a different shot if I can!
Thank you much,
Signature: Jennifer

Big Legged Bug Nymph

Big Legged Bug Nymph

Dear Jennifer,
This is the nymph of a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala

Thank you much Daniel!! Have a fabulous day!!

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Subject: Milkweed bug?
Location: Altadena, CA
April 27, 2015 7:15 am
Hi there, I found these guys on a myrtle stem was wondering if they are milkweed assassin youngsters or something else? Thanks so much!
Signature: Morganza

Coreid Bug Nymphs

Coreid Bug Nymphs

Dear Morganza,
These are definitely not Assassin Bugs, which are predators.  Assassin Bug nymphs soon disperse from one another shortly after hatching.  Plant feeding species like Coreid Bugs, commonly called Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs, tend to stay near one another, feeding in groups.  We will attempt a species identification, though we are guessing them to be in the genus
Leptoglossus.

Update:  There is an image of an immature Western Leaf Footed Bug, Leptoglossus zonatus, pictured on the Featured Creatures site that looks identical to your individuals.

 

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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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