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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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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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