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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Northern Tanzania
February 13, 2016 11:51 pm
Seen in the pare mountains in northern Tanzania , was dripping liquid from its behind
Signature: David

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Dear David,
This identification presented quite a challenge for us, and though we have not found anything conclusive, we are deducing its identity based on what we have been able to uncover on the internet.  These are immature True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera, and they really remind us of immature Giant Mesquite Bugs found in North America because of both their bright colors and habit of remaining in aggregations.  In beginning our search, we did not want to leave out the possibility of your individuals being members of the superfamily Pentatomoidea that includes Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs.  Our first visual match is of a drawing we found on Etsy that is identified as
Piezosternum subulatum and the site indicates that the art print “Ships worldwide from Puerto Rico.”  We found a very good likeness to Piezosternum subulatum on FlickR, but it also seems to originate from Puerto Rico.  We decided to research any relatives found in Africa, and on the French site Heteroptera, we found six members of the genus listed, three from Central and South America and three from Africa and Madagascar.  We also learned that the genus is classified in the family Tessaratomidae, commonly called Giant Shield Bugs or Giant Stink Bugs.  Piezosternum fallax is listed from the countries “Cameroon, Central African Rep., Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Zaire” so that seemed like a good possibility, but alas, Heteroptera only pictures the adults and your individuals are nymphs.  It should be noted that many immature Heteropterans are brightly colored, but upon growing wings when they mature, the wings hide the bright colors of the body.  We have not had any luck locating any images on nymphs in the genus Piezosternum from Africa to verify if our suspicions are correct so we eagerly welcome input from our readership to solve this query with visual evidence.

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Hey Daniel, thanks so much , that’s was so thorough and educational and overall interesting . I hope you guys enjoyed seeing the pxutures as well though they don’t do the little guys justice in the least bit . Keep me updated as more information possibly becomes available , I live in a pretty remote area and near some understudied old growth forest so you never know what I’ll run into around here ! I appreciate the help and look forward to sending stuff your way in the future . If anything is ever undataloged would be happy to share the credit . Best wishes and have a great day !

We really look forward to getting additional submissions from you David.  It is marvelous that some old growth forest is being preserved as open space in Tanzania.

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Subject: bug ID
Location: Uganda
February 12, 2016 9:42 am
Hi,
I found these two on a carcass of a zebra in Ugnada, Africa. Time of year was August. Any ideas what these might be?
Thanks,
Signature: Gideon

Unknown Stink or Shield Bugs

Shield Bugs

Dear Gideon,
We are having a difficult time finding any matching images of your True Bugs which are in the superfamily Pentatomoidea, which includes Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs.  They are not pictured on Some Kenyan Hemiptera and Homoptera, and we could not find them on iSpot.

Update
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we have matching images from Alamy indicating this is
Solenosthedium liligerum.  There are also several images on iSpot.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Vermont
February 8, 2016 2:40 pm
Brownish red with white marking on back, 6 legs and feelers
Signature: H

Western Conifer Seed Bug on TV

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear H,
We are very amused that you have taken an image of this Western Conifer Seed Bug from the monitor screen.

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Subject: Wtf?
Location: West Virginia
February 9, 2016 12:13 am
I found him on my work shirt (which i leave in my locker) hours after being at work. Im freaked out.
Signature: Brooke

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Brooke,
You are lucky you left it at work.  This is a Bed Bug.  You should carefully check your belongings in the future before heading home.

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Subject: what’s that bug?
Location: Northern IL
February 2, 2016 3:53 pm
This is from Northern IL and usually appears in the Winter indoors
Signature: Thanks, Ted

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Ted,
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is non-native species introduced from Asia that has spread across North America in a very short time.  They seek shelter indoors when the weather cools.  According to the USDA site, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug:  “Feeds on a variety of plants, including fruit trees, ornamentals, and some crops.”

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Subject: Big Bug out of place?
Location: Charlottetown PEI Canada
January 30, 2016 8:24 pm
Have never seen a large bug like this before (saw it outside on sidewalk of my work building during the summer). I wonder if it might be far from home and wonder how it got to Charlottetown PEI.
Just curious.
Signature: Jenny K

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenny,
This Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is an aquatic predatory True Bug that is able to fly from pond to pond in the event that food runs out or the pond dries out.  Giant Water Bugs are also attracted to lights leading to the common name Electric Light Bug, and that might be the reason you found it near your work.  Though they are not aggressive toward people, Giant Water Bugs are reported to deliver a painful bite if accidentally stepped on by waders and swimmers.  The Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests.

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