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Subject: Identification of beetle
Location: Glendale, CA
October 29, 2013 8:34 pm
Hello,
I am a Biology professor at Glendale College in California, and one of my students sent me this nice photo of beetles mating. I’ve tried to identify them but can’t find anything that looks right. Thanks for your help. I believe the photograph was taken on our campus in Glendale, CA this week (October 2013).
Best,
Maria Kretzmann
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Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Hi Maria,
These are not beetles.  They are mating Red Shouldered Bugs,
Jadera haematoloma, and they are in the Scentless Plant Bug family Rhopalidae.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: What is this big bug?
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
October 29, 2013 10:22 pm
Hi. I saw this on the ground in Dubrovnik in Croatia in September. I would estimate it to be almost 6inches long. It was dead at the time but it looks like it might have wings. Many thanks
Signature: Mark Bates

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Hi Mark,
This is a predatory, aquatic insect known as a Giant Water Bug.  In North America they are called Toe-Biters and they are eaten in Thailand.

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Subject: Water Striders
Location: Tucquan Glen, Lancaster County PA
October 29, 2013 10:36 am
Hi Daniel!
I read your comment about wishing you had more photographs of water striders. I attached a few shots that I took several weeks ago at Tucquan Glen in Lancaster County PA.
There are two shots of an adult with prey and a group of young individuals. They were not easy to photograph due to their constant motion.
Melody McFarland
Lancaster PA
Signature: Melody McFarland

Water Strider

Water Strider

Hi Melody,
Thanks so much for supplying some additional photos of Water Striders in the family Gerridae for our site.  We see from the metadata on the digital image that your photos were taken on September 26, 2013.  It appears that the adults do not have wings, so we thought they might be nymphs as well, but your individuals resemble this photo from BugGuide of a member of the genus
Trepobates which BugGuide indicates:  “Superficially resembles nymphs of Gerris. First antennomere shorter than three others combined.”  Water Striders are perfectly adapted for skating across the surface of the water, and according to BugGuide:  “fine water-repellant hairs on the underside of the tarsi allow the bug to walk on water’s surface; only the mid- and the hind legs are used for locomotion; they are attached to large coxae connected to the sides of the thorax and are unfit for walking on land.”

Water Striders

Water Striders

Alas, we haven’t the necessary skills to distinguish one species from another or even to definitively determine the correct genus, so our identification might be incorrect.  Your photos which illustrate the feeding habits are a marvelous addition to our archive.

Water Strider

Water Strider

 

 

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Subject: Texas Pool Bugs
Location: Texas
October 28, 2013 8:07 am
please tell me what this thing is!!! have no clue
Signature: thank you TRay

Water Strider

Water Strider

Dear TRay,
We wish we had more photos of Water Striders on our site.  They are amazing true bugs that spend their immature phase skating across the water in search of prey, especially insects that fall onto the water’s surface.  When they attain adulthood, they are capable of flight.

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Subject: What is this insect
Location: Maidstone, Kent u.k
October 25, 2013 7:08 am
Found in our home, in langley, Kent. England. Countryside location,
Can you tell me what this insect is?
Signature: ??

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

The Western Conifer Bug is native to the Pacic Northwest, and it was accidentally introduced to Europe early this century.

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Subject: What’s that Bug?
Location: Hungary
October 25, 2013 2:47 pm
Hello! I’m looking for a bug name. Mostly I find this bug in the warmer rooms, it can fly. I think this is a cockroach, if so, what kind? I uploaded three photos. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Attila

Western Conifer Seed Bugs

Western Conifer Seed Bugs

Hi Attila,
Your photos are quite blurry, but the insects are unmistakably Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, and they are most likely Western Conifer Seed Bugs,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a species native to the Pacific Northwest which greatly expanded its range across North America, no doubt with the help of traveling humans.  In the early years of the 21st Century, it was also reported to have become established in Northern Europe.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes to hibernate when the weather cools.

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