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Subject: Beetle
Location: Alberta
February 23, 2014 1:14 pm
Hello I just found this beetle in my master washroom what is it? And should I be worried I have a 3 year old and I’m pregnant. Please let me know
Thank you
Signature: Joanna

Two Spotted Stink Bug

Two Spotted Stink Bug

Dear Joanna,
We are certain that being pregnant and having a three year old is cause enough to worry, you need not be troubled by this Two Spotted Stink Bug,
 Perillus bioculatus. While this is a predatory species and it might bite if carelessly handled, it is not aggressive towards humans and the bite would cause little more than localized discomfort.  According to BugGuide:  “Bold pattern is distinctive, though color variable.”

Thank you:) I still hope I don’t find anymore. I assume it came through the sink or something.

When the weather cools, Stink Bugs sometimes enter homes through gaps in windows and other tiny spaces so they can hibernate.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Central New York
February 23, 2014 10:18 am
These bugs keep appearing in my house and do not know why. It came at the beginning of winter and is still here
Signature: Anonymous

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Anonymous,
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive, exotic species that was introduced to North American and it is becoming a significant agricultural pest.  In addition to the threat it poses to ornamental and food plants, it is a nuisance because it enters homes to hibernate when cold weather sets in.

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Subject: Could you tell me what this is?
Location: Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati area
February 21, 2014 11:07 am
This bug was found this morning on my daughter’s curtain (after she woke up with a bite on her face). It looks somewhat like a fallen leaf in Autumn with it’s coloring. It’s concave. It had no scent while alive or after I killed it.
Signature: curious mother

Kissing Bug

Kissing Bug

Dear curious mother,
This is an immature Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose Bug,
Triatoma sanguisuga, and along with other members of its genus, it is also known as a Kissing Bug because they frequently bite sleepers on the face, especially near the lips.  Though we do not think there is a high risk, you should be aware that Kissing Bugs, especially the species in the tropics, are known for spreading Chagas Disease.  You might want to get your daughter some medical attention and mention Chagas Disease to the physician.  This individual is an immature nymph, and it might have siblings lurking in your home.  See a matching image on BugGuideBugGuide also notes:  “Sometimes bites humans, and the bite may be severe, causing an allergic reaction.”  See the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information on Chagas Disease.

Thank you.

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Subject: Florida insect
Location: Orlando, FL
February 20, 2014 11:07 am
Hi, bugman. I’ve noticed these critters around my house in Orlando for a while now. I hate to kill anything unless I have to, so I left them alone. This morning, though, I noticed that there were dozens of them, and that they were hanging around the birdhouse the previous tenant had left (I’ve lived here about a year). The birdhouse is on a pole attached to the deck and is not in use right now, which I’m grateful for, since I have a cat. There’s an old nest in the birdhouse, and I think the bugs were living in it. I’m planning to take the birdhouse apart and remove the next soon, then put the birdhouse somewhere cats can’t get it. Anyway, there were so many bugs that I was horrified and sprayed them all with bug spray. I took this photo a week or so ago. Obviously, the bugs are mating. So what are they, and what do they do?
Signature: Karen in Orlando

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Dear Karen,
These mating Red-Shouldered Bugs are actually quite benign, however they may become a nuisance if they are plentiful.

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Subject: Unidentified flying insect in Cancun, Mexico
Location: Cancun, Mexico
February 14, 2014 10:09 pm
Seen this insect in pools and crawling around walls. Haven’t actually seen it flying but it looks
like it does. Please help identify it. Thanks!
Signature: Bran

True Bug

True Bug

Dear Bran,
The best we are able to provide at this time is a general identification.  This is a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, but we have not had any success in providing a species identification.  It appears as though it might be in the family Lygaeidae, the Seed Bugs.  It is not represented on BugGuide which is devoted to North American species.

Thanks very much for the information Daniel !
Kind regards
Brandon

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Subject: wingless love bugs?
Location: Fresno, California
February 11, 2014 2:34 am
For years there’s been a love bug population at the elementary school near my house, and yet most of them dont have wings. Many have black markings similar or very deformed wings. Before I knew what they we’re I assumed that the females were the ones with wings (like ants). Many smaller ones look like little red tear drops with legs, which as kids we assumed where the babies. Are we right on any of this, and why would the majority of them lack wings.
Signature: confused kindergartners

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Dear confused kindergartners,
These are mating Red Shouldered Bugs,
Jadera haematoloma, and the female is the larger of the two.  The smaller wingless individuals are immature nymphs.  Red Shouldered Bugs often gather together in large aggregations that include adults as well as nymphs.  See BugGuide for additional information on Red Shouldered Bugs.  For the record, most female ants are wingless.  The worker ants in a colony are all sterile, wingless females.  Flying Ants or Alates are winged reproductive adults of both sexes.

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