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Subject: Red-Orange Bug Needs a Name
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
June 23, 2016 1:13 pm
Hello What’s That Bug!
Found a bunch of these little guys covering a tree at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton, Florida. The picture doesn’t do the bug justice – they are bright reddish-orange – really stand out in the woods! I’m not sure if this is a juvenile form or an adult form. I’m hoping you can give me a proper identification. As always, I enjoy your web site and appreciate the service you provide to us amateur naturalists!
Signature: Ann Mathews

Giant Milkweed Bug Nymph

Giant Milkweed Bug Nymph

Dear Ann,
This is an immature True Bug, and nymphs can often be very difficult to properly identify.  Most guide books only contain images of adult insects.  This Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae is
Sephina gundlachii, also known as the Giant Milkweed Bug (not to be confused with the Large Milkweed Bug or the Small Milkweed Bug) and we identified it thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it feeds on climbing milkweed.  Only reported from Florida on BugGuide, this is only the second report we have received.  Perhaps you will be able to send us a nice image of a winged adult in the future.

Once again, What’s That Bug comes to the rescue and identifies an unknown creepy crawly for me. I’ll do my best to get a picture of an adult giant milkweed bug. If any of the photos look halfway decent I’ll be sure to send them your way. I always learn such interesting things every time I visit your web site. I can’t say that for too many web sites these days – so keep up the great work!
Ann Mathews
Palm Beach County
Department of Environmental Resources Management

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Subject: Weird bug
Location: Houston Texas USA
June 23, 2016 5:47 pm
These bugs have been hanging around my cucumbers. What are they are they friendly or foe?
Signature: Lam

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Lam,
We are confident that these immature Leaf Footed Bugs are in the genus
Leptoglossus based on this BugGuide image, and several members of the genus are found in Texas.  They can be difficult to tell apart at this young age.  According to BugGuide:  “some [species] are extremely polyphagous” meaning they feed on a large number of plant species, and “most of our spp. are considered economically damaging [to plants]”.  In short, this is not a beneficial species on your cucumber plants. 

Thank you.  The adult looks like what we call a stink bug.

Stink Bugs and Leaf Footed Bugs are both True Bugs, but they are different families.

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Subject: Beetle in Vail, AZ
Location: Vail, AZ
June 20, 2016 9:05 am
Can you help I’d this beetle?
Signature: Cindy

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymphs

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymphs

Dear Cindy,
These are NOT beetles.  They are immature Giant Mesquite Bugs,
Thasus neocalifornicus, and according to BugGuide, they feed on:  “The green pods of Mesquite (Prosopis spp.), notably the non-native P. velutina (Chilean, Velvet Mesquite) and the native P. glandulosa (Honey Mesquite).”

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Subject: blue bug
Location: Northwest ohio
May 27, 2016 7:29 pm
I found this little bug at a campground in Northwest ohio *not far from the Michigan border* around early summertime it’s a lot more blue in person and about the size of a dime. But I can’t seem to find any information or identification for this bug. There’s some pictures of it but it’s all from people asking what it is with no definite answer. Just some guesses usually assassin bug.. so what is it?
Signature: Beck

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Beck,
This is NOT an Assassin Bug.  It is an immature Leaf Footed Bug,
Acanthocephala terminalis, and it is harmless.  Since we will be away from the office in June, we are postdating your submission to go live in our absence.

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Subject: Bright red/orange just hatched
Location: West county, St Louis, MO
May 29, 2016 7:49 am
We found these on a chair outside this morning. They seem to take the shape of an assassin type bug or an ant of some sort. They hatched out of an egg sac about 3 inched long in a straight line.
Signature: Joe

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Dear Joe,
Hatchlings can be difficult to identify correctly, but we believe these are Leaf Footed Bugs from the family Coreidae.

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

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Subject: Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose?
Location: Crousetown N.S. Canada
May 25, 2016 7:08 am
I have seen a few of these around our yard and home and i was wondering what it is. It looks like a Conenose but i can’t find any information about them living in our area.
Signature: Chris

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Chris,
This harmless Western Conifer Seed Bug is frequently confused for the Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose Bug because they are both True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  See BugGuide to verify our identification.

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