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Subject: Yellow bugs congregating on tomato
Location: Sarasota Florida
July 4, 2014 12:31 pm
I was weeding some plants on my patio & found 15 or more of these yellow bugs congregating on a green tomato. I didn’t see any others on the plant or my other potted veggies. I live in Sarasota Florida so we have where to grow veggies in pots. I’ve tried id’ing the bug but nothing comes close. I’ve not seen this type before. It measured about 1/4 long.
Signature: Garden girl 52

Tomato Stink Bug Nymph

Tomato Stink Bug Nymph

Hi Garden girl 52,
This is an immature Stink Bug, and we quickly identified in on BugGuide as a Tomato Stink Bug,
Arvelius albopunctatus, a species previously unknown to us, which is surprising as we often get requests to identify pests on tomato plants.  Keep an eye out for reproductive adults, which are also pictured on BugGuide, and you will likely reduce the effects of an unwanted epidemic of Tomato Stink Bugs in your garden.

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Subject: Large orange and green beetle in Korea
Location: South Korea
June 29, 2014 5:26 am
We saw this large beetle in late June in the mountains of South Korea. It flew onto my wife and hung out for a while before flying away. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Signature: LDC

Jewel Bug: Poecilocoris splendidulus

Jewel Bug: Poecilocoris splendidulus

Dear LDC,
This is actually a Jewel Bug in the family Scutelleridae, not a beetle.  A few months ago, we correctly identified this species as
Poecilocoris splendidulus.

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Subject: Flat Brown Insect, maybe?!
Location: Denver, CO
June 18, 2014 8:07 pm
Hi!
I was bit in the rear end by the bug in the attached photo. I am wondering what it is and if I need to seek medical attention. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. It is June 18, 2014 near Denver, CO where I was bit. Thank you!
Signature: Charity Davis

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Charity,
We were out of the office when you wrote and we are just trying to catch up on old mail.  This is an immature Masked Hunter, and though the bite is reported to be painful, it will not have any lasting negative effects.  Masked Hunters will prey upon Bed Bugs and other unwanted creatures in the home, and nymphs are generally masked by lint which sticks to their bodies, making the name Masked Hunter very logical.

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Subject: Large African Flying Beetle
Location: Burkina Faso (West Africa)
June 28, 2014 11:38 am
Hey Sir, I am a Marine stationed out here in Africa and saw the weirdest looking beetle outside my house. I have never seen anything like it on discovery channel. The things was huge and aggressive. Not only did it have huge claws to grab stuff with but it fly’s also! It wasn’t even scared of me it actually tried to attack me. I didn’t squish the monster he took off and caught a moth in flight. Hopefully you can help me identify this guy.
Signature: Zachary Staman

Giant Water Bugs

Giant Water Bugs

Hi Zachary,
It is easy to mistake this Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae for a beetle, but closer inspection will reveal that instead of mandibles adapted to chewing like the beetles, the Giant Water Bug has a mouth designed to pierce and suck fluids from its prey, consistent with the mouths of Heteropterans, the True Bugs.  Giant Water Bugs from North America are often called Toe-Biters because unwary waders have frequently received a painful bite if they step on one of these aquatic predators, or otherwise carelessly handle them.  

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Subject: What is this crazy looking thing?!?! Is it some kind of new Spider?
Location: Easton, PA
June 25, 2014 7:21 pm
I was driving when this thing fell on me and I seriously almost crashed! It must have been inside the car or on the roof the whole time. It looks absolutely disgusting! I’ve never seen anything like this before. What is this?
Signature: AJ

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear AJ,
You were startled and disgusted by an immature Wheel Bug, a beneficial predatory species of Assassin Bug that might bite if carelessly handled.  We wonder if any studies have ever been conducted of the frequency of accidents caused by extreme reactions to insects, including stinging bees and wasps, that are discovered inside automobiles in motion.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for the quick reply and providing me with the details on this bug.  I agree and also wonder if any studies have ever been conducted, I am curious to know.
Thanks,
AJ

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Subject: Bugs behaviour
Location: Moscow, Russia
June 24, 2014 12:50 am
Dear What’s That Bug team,
Why those bugs are gathering into groups? there were quite a few of those groups.
Kind regards
Signature: Slava Smirnov

Firebugs

Firebugs

Dear Slava,
These are Firebugs,
Pyrrhocoris apterus, and they are known for forming large aggregations containing both immature nymphs and adults.

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