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Subject: harlequin nymph?
Location: Fountain Valley CA
May 16, 2014 1:22 pm
I first thought these were beetles, but now I suspect they are harlequin bug nymphs. Any help with ID? These were photographed at Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley CA this morning 5/16/2014. Thanks
Signature: Woodworker

Harlequin Bug Nymph

Harlequin Bug Nymph

Dear Woodworker,
You are correct that this is a Harlequin Bug nymph, Murgantia histrionica.

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Subject: Colorful beetle in South Korea
Location: South Korea
May 15, 2014 3:36 am
Dear Bugman,
I saw this beetle the other day near my office on a college campus in South Korea (it’s currently mid-May). I’ve lived here for several years and have never seen an insect that looks anything like this. I asked around and nobody seems to know what it is. Any insights?
Signature: Jon Soderholm

Jewel Bug

Jewel Bug

Hi Jon,
This is not a beetle.  It is a Jewel Bug in the family Scutelleridae, and our first matching images are on the What Went Wrong? blog, but the species is not correctly identified.
  Your individual looks similar to the Poecilocoris lewisi which is pictured on a postage stamp from Japan on the Asahi Net site, however other images of that species look quite different.  At this time, we are unable to provide a species identification for you, but we are confident that it is a Jewel Bug in the family Scutelleridae.

Dear Daniel,
Firstly, Thank you so much for a quick response… you guys are fast… Impressive! May I ask another question?  It seems that this Jewel Bug resides in Japan normally.  Nobody that I’ve talked to here in Korea seems to have seen one… How did it get here? and why…. (Korea and Japan have similar weather patterns)  Or, is it always here, just rarely seen?  As a scientist myself, I’m curious.
Thank you!!
Jon

Dear Daniel,
Based on the info that you gave me, I was able to find images on the web of bugs of the species poecilocoris splendidulus, that look just like what I saw… thanks once again!
Jon

Thanks Jon.  We found an image of a mating pair of Poecilocoris splendidulus from Japan on AnimalsandEarth.

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Subject: Strange Large Injured Beetle
Location: Northern burbs of Atlanta
May 13, 2014 1:28 pm
Spotted this large fellow last night outside my kids’ karate studio. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m always on the watch for interesting insects. I’m assuming based on body type, number of legs and what look like two sets of wings this is a type of beetle. The front two legs looked like pincers. He was distressed on his back at first. When I flipped him he hobbled and seemed injured on his back leg. We move him out of the way of over-reacting karate kids and parents and hope he was able to make a recovery. My kids and I would love help identifying this large insect.
Signature: Resa

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Hi Resa,
Commonly called a Toe-Biter, this Giant Water Bug is an aquatic predator, and it is classified as a True Bug, not a Beetle.  Though aquatic, Toe-Biters are capable of flying from location to location, which is helpful when vernal ponds begin to dry out.  Because of your efforts to rescue this impressive creature, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject: Alien Bug
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
May 12, 2014 11:22 pm
I found these little guys hiding on my music stand behind an orange envelope that had been sitting there for a few days. It was a little dusty but when I picked up the envelope I was of course, freaked out. These bugs were extremely small and they moved very slowly. They look big in the picture but were probably as small or smaller than a grain of rice. Thank you bugman :)
Signature: Nikki

True Bug Hatchlings

True Bug Hatchlings

Hi Nikki,
These are hatchling True Bugs, but we cannot tell for certain if they are predatory Assassin Bugs or plant feeding Leaf Footed Bugs.

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Subject: whatttt thee ????
Location: Michigan
May 12, 2014 7:41 pm
I live in michigan I have never seen a bug like this was wondering what it is?
Signature: Cadey W

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Cadey,
Your first image is of a Masked Hunter, a predatory and beneficial Assassin Bug that might bite if carelessly handled, but it will also help to keep your house free of other problematic insects including blood sucking Bed Bugs.  Masked Hunters have earned their common name because immature individuals have a sticky surface that attracts debris to camouflage or mask it in its surroundings. WE are guessing that your other images are of the same Masked Hunter, unmasked after perhaps a spray from the canned insecticide.  We hope we have convinced you that the Masked Hunter is a beneficial insect that should not be killed unnecessarily, so we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Masked Hunter, unmasked

Masked Hunter, unmasked

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Subject: Two inch long horned beetle?
Location: Found in water
May 8, 2014 7:12 pm
I live in West Virginia and I found this bug in my pool. It was 1 1/2 inches to two inches long it had long horn looking things and a very thick hard shell I would love to know what it is I’ve never seen anything like it!
Signature: Annie Faye

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Annie,
Though they are aquatic, we very rarely get reports of Giant Water Bugs or Toe-Biters that are found in the water.  They are also capable of flight and they are attracted to lights, so most encounters occur on the land.  As the common name implies, Toe-Biters should be handled with care as they are capable of delivering a painful bite.

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