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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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Subject: bug in Suriname (South America)
Location: suriname
December 2, 2014 1:38 pm
Hi there,
My family in Suriname saw this colorful bug in their garden..
Do you know what it is?
Thanks a lot!
Sam (Holland)
Signature: sam

Probably Coreid Bug

Probably Coreid Bug

Dear Sam,
We are relatively certain that this True Bug is in the family Coreidae, the Leaf Footed Bugs, but we have not been able to identify it to the species level.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a more specific identification.
  We tried unsuccessfully to identify it on Cesar Crash’s Brazilian site Insetologia.

Update:  December 5, 2014
Thanks to a comment by Cesar Crash, we now know that this is
Pachylis pharaonis.  It is pictured  on Coreoidae.speciesfile and on Animals Animals.

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Subject: Is this a kissing bug?
Location: Texas Hill Country
November 26, 2014 2:33 pm
Help! We just moved to the Texas hillcountry and found this big in iur doorway and we’re afraid it’s a kissing bug. It’s belly is light colored and and there appear to be a slight differences in the coloring, the orange line is solid instead of dashes for example. Help us we’re pretty afraid of the possibility of Chagas’ disease.
Signature: Chelsea

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Hi Chelsea,
There is a superficial similarity between the appearance of your Leaf Footed Bug,
Catorhintha selector, and a Kissing Bug because they are in the same suborder, Heteroptera, the True Bugs, but unlike the Kissing Bug, your insect is harmless.  We identified your Leaf Footed Bug on BugGuide.

Thank you so much! On another note, about 2 hours later we also found this bug (photo attached) in our breakfast area, my husband seems to think it is a kissing bug in the nymph stage from looking it up. Hope we’re wrong about this one too!
Best,
Chelsea

Immature Kissing Bug, we believe

Immature Kissing Bug, we believe

Dear Chelsea,
Alas, this time we are in agreement with your husband.  Though the image lacks critical sharpness, this really does resemble an immature Kissing Bug in the genus Triatoma.  You can see the resemblance to this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Marmorated Stink Bug but much prettier
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
November 25, 2014 11:58 am
Hi, Can you help me ID this beautiful bug that’s been sitting on my garage door opener in Massachusetts. It is most similar in appearance to the
Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys Stål. However, the triangle
markings on its wings are very exotic and remind me of the Giant
Mesquite bug.
The underwings have 4 white bands
The back legs have 3 white bands
the antenna have 3 sections of increasingly lighter browns
The brown eyes extend outward from the head and are set on either side
of an elongated head
It has a white leaf/spade pattern painted on the the second section of
its body attached to the head.
The second part of triangle on its wings/back have outlined white
rectangles set at a 45-degree angle from the center line of the wing.
Signature: Miriam

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Miriam,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, is native to the Pacific Northwest, but sometime in the 1960s, it began to expand its range.  We suspect the range expansion is connected to the increased frequency of human travel patterns.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often attract attention when they enter homes to hibernate as the weather begins to cool.

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Subject: Identification needed
Location: Rowlett, Texas
November 11, 2014 8:36 pm
I was wanting to know what kind of bug this is Mr. Bugman?
Signature: Rush

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear Rush,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, most likely Acanthocephala femorata based on this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Four legged bug
Location: Southeast Michigan, 30m northwest of Detroit .
November 7, 2014 7:23 am
Found this interesting fellow in the living room yesterday. Slow moving, but very attentive-turned around and checked me out when I was examining him. Happily climbed on the edge of my phone and took a ride outside to a small pile of fallen leaves. Thanks in advance.
Signature: TM

Our Automated 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!

Bugman,
No problem, I’m a patient guy.
Thanks for the response. Did some other research before asking, close as I can tell it may be a leaf footed bug, but appears to have lost the back legs, so hard to tell.
While I was sending you the photos a centipede came tooling across the carpet at me.  Another successful catch and release to the front porch.
TM

Western Conifer Seed Bug missing hind legs

Western Conifer Seed Bug missing hind legs

Dear TM,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, indeed one of the Leaf Footed Bugs, and you are correct that it is missing its distinctive hind legs.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes when the weather cools to hibernate, passing the winter in relative comfort.  They will not harm your home or belongings.

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