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Subject: StinkVELB?
Location: Chico, CA
May 31, 2014 10:56 am
I was checking out this elderberry when I noticed these critters. Excited, I rushed to the interwebs to see if they were in fact the elusive VELB. The coloring is that of the female VELB; but the shape is that of a stinkbug. Would it be possible for the two spp. to mingle such that this “stinkVELB” was the product of such a union? And, if not, what bug is this?
Signature: J. Murphy

Conchuela Stink Bug

Conchuela Stink Bug

Dear J. Murphy,
We are amused at your suspicion that this might be a species mingling, and we agree that the coloration and markings of the Stink Bugs in your image resemble the color and markings of the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle as well as some other related subspecies of
Desmocerus aureipennis, including the Golden Winged Elder Borer.  We identified your Stink Bug as the Conchuela Stink Bug, Chlorochroa ligata, thanks to the New Mexico State University website.  According to BugGuide, the Conchuela Stink Bug:  “prefers fleshy fruits of various plants, especially agarita, balsam-gourd and mesquite; also on sage, yucca, mustards, prickly pear (Opuntia), and various crops (cotton, alfalfa, corn, sorghum, grapes, peas, tomatoes, etc.); primarily a seed feeder preferring leguminous plants (once mesquite beans dry, the bugs move to more succulent plants)” and it seems, based on your image, the fruit of Elderberry as well.

Thank you so much for your expertise and time, and for your enchanting website.
Cheers,
-Julia

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Subject: Garden bug
Location: North Houston, Texas
May 29, 2014 3:38 pm
I found these guys in my garden on the squash plant. My guess is assasin bug. I’d be happy about that! It would also explain the lack of caterpillars!
Signature: Cliff

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Hi Cliff,
In our opinion, these are not Assassin Bug nymphs, but rather Leaf Footed Bug nymphs, probably in the genus
Leptoglossus.  They look very much like the individuals in this BugGuide image.  They are plant feeders and they are not responsible for the dearth of Caterpillars.

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Subject: Large Beetle I have never seen before
Location: North Western Pennsylvania
May 28, 2014 6:17 am
Bugman the photos I have attached are of a large beetle that I have never encountered. Living on a farm in North western Pennsylvania we see a multitude of insects but nobody in our area has seen on of these, I am hoping you can identify it. The beetle is approx. 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. It flew into the side of our swimming pool and sounded like a baseball it hit so hard. It appears to have multiple sets of wings and looks even larger when in flight. Unfortunately its navigation error ended it’s life.
Signature: Mark

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Hi Mark,
This is not a Beetle, but rather, a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators that are capable of flying from pond to pond to swimming pool.  The bite of a Toe-Biter is reported to be quite painful, but not dangerous to humans.

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Subject: green and brown, active bug
Location: Sierra Foothils 2000′ elevation, Weimar, CA
May 25, 2014 4:45 pm
This was flitting about my garden, and landed on me. Could it be a type of assassin bug? Or is it a leaf eater? The first picture shows it may have a long green head part in front like as assassin bug. Its body is about 3/8 inch long.
Signature: Carolyn

Strawberry Bug

Strawberry Bug

Hi Carolyn,
We believe this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, and we also believe we have correctly identified it on BugGuide as
Closterotomus norvegicus, commonly called a Potato Bug (already an overused common name thanks to the iconic Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket) or Strawberry Bug.  According to BugGuide, the food plants include:  “alfalfa, white clover, and lotus seed crops in New Zealand; a key pest of pistachios in CA; also reported on nettle, poppy, thistle and other Asteraceae.”

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Subject: Bug
Location: Keller, Texas
May 26, 2014 5:39 pm
This bug was crawling up our campchairs today. Keller, Texas. I tried to look up what it was… no clue.
Signature: April Driggers

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Hi April,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, a predatory Assassin Bug that might bite a human if carelessly handled.

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Subject: ID for Red bug
Location: Bowie, MD
May 21, 2014 5:36 pm
I found this little guy in Bowie, MD, yesterday.
Any idea what it is?
Thanks.
Signature: Huh

Freshly Molted Assassin Bug

Freshly Molted Assassin Bug

Dear Huh,
This appears to be a freshly molted Assassin Bug which will soon darken in color as its new exoskeleton hardens.  It might be a Black Corsair, which you may see pictured on BugGuide.

Many thanks.
Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
http://hughvandervoort.com/wordpress/

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