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Subject: Hola from Buenos Aires!
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 22, 2015 2:30 am
My son sent me this picture of a beetle he found on his way home from work lat night. He lives in Olivos, which is a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He couldn’t identify it, but we offered a guess that it was some type of cicada. Do you guys agree with our assessment?
Thanks!
Signature: Rich Williams

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear Rich,
This is NOT a beetle or a Cicada.  It is a Giant Water Bug, an aquatic True Bug that is also capable of flying.  They are frequently attracted to lights and in North America they are sometimes called Electric Light Bugs, but more commonly they are called Toe-Biters because waders are sometimes surprised by a painful bite if they step on them in shallow water.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators with mouths designed to pierce the prey and suck the fluids from the body.  Though painful to humans, the bite is not considered dangerous.

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Subject: Can you help?
Location: Rockledge, Florida
August 20, 2015 10:29 am
Hello! I just caught this bug on my deck this afternoon in central Florida. Looking at the site it looks very similar to the Western Conifer Seed bug, but wondering if that is accurate or if this is an Eastern variety or something closer to an assassin bug?
It does fly. About 3/4″ long. Really super cool and would love to know some more about it!
Thanks!
Signature: Kelly

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Kelly,
You are quite astute.  While this is not a Western Conifer Seed Bug, it is a member of the same genus.  We believe it is the Leaf Footed Bug
Leptoglossus zonatus because of this BugGuide description:  “Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive.   Also has a zigzagging white band across the wings (like some other species).   Expansions of the hind tibiae are also much larger and more jagged than most other species.”

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Subject: What are these bright-red bugs that are swarming a single lemon balm (herb) leaf in my garden in Birmingham, Alabama?
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
August 20, 2015 12:47 pm
I was watering my garden in Birmingham, Alabama today (Aug. 20, 2015) and saw these small bright-red bug covering just one single leaf of our lemon balm (it’s an herb) plant. Does anyone know what they are? I have no clue, as I have never encountered them before.
Thank you!
Signature: Connor

Hatchling True Bugs

Hatchling True Bugs

Dear Connor,
These are hatchling True Bugs or Heteropterans, and hatchlings can be difficult to identify, but we suspect they are Leaf Footed Bug hatchlings in the family Coreidae.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.

Thank you so much! Great to know that they’re not a danger to humans, though our poor tomato garden showing makes more sense in light of this. Really appreciate the help.
Thanks,
Connor

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Subject: Strange beetle
Location: Just south of Spokane between Spokane-Cheney road and the 195
August 19, 2015 8:16 pm
I’ve never seen a beetle like this before. I found it on the wall in my house. It’s coloring very closely matched the wall, and before I saw it move, I thought it might just be a left over exoskeleton because it looked so porous and the abdomen was very thin. It almost looked as though it had a sprayed on coating.
Signature: Thomas

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Thomas,
This is a Masked Hunter and it is not a beetle.  This immature Assassin Bug has a sticky exoskeleton that attracts dust and debris, effectively camouflaging the Masked Hunter in its surroundings.  Masked Hunters have adapted to life with humans.  They might bite if carelessly handled, but they are effective predators.

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Subject: Leaf footed bug?
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
August 16, 2015 12:31 pm
Could you identify this guy for me? I did some research and the closest thing to him that I’ve found is a leaf footed bug. He was found at an apartment complex in June, middle of the day, and was stationary on the hand railing in an urban area. The railing in the picture is 2/3 inches thick. Thanks in advance!
Signature: B.G.

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear B.G.,
You are correct in a very general way.  You are correct that this is a Leaf Footed Bug, but that is a general name for a member of a family that in North America, according to BugGuide, numbers “88 spp. in 33 genera north of Mexico, just over 1000 spp. in 165 genera in the New World, ~1,900 spp. in ~270 genera worldwide.”  It is a member of the genus
Acanthocephala, a genus with four species in North America according to BugGuide which provides the names “Big-footed or Big-legged Plant Bug.”  We believe this is a female Florida Leaf Footed Bug,  Acanthocephala femorata based on this BugGuide description:  “Antennae uniformly colored, dull reddish or orangish; flange on hind tibia gently tapering distally; male hind femur greatly swollen and bearing a large spike; female hind femur slender and bearing several small spikes.”

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Central Oklahoma
August 13, 2015 6:06 am
I found this at work. I live in central Oklahoma. It is slightly over 3″ long, moves very quickly, and uses its antenna looking things to help it walk. The pointed thing on its rear appears to retract when it runs.
Signature: F. Black

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear F. Black,
This is a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter, and it is an aquatic predator capable of flying from pond to pond.  They are attracted to light, which might explain why you found it at work.  Like other True Bugs, their mouths are adapted to pierce and suck fluids from the bodies of their prey, and they are reported to deliver a painful, but not dangerous bite, if carelessly handled or accidentally encountered while swimming or wading.

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