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Subject: beetle in New Brunswick
Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
July 11, 2014 5:41 am
HI. We saw this yesterday. They are mostly black but there are a few with red markings underneath. I couldn’t tell if they were preying on the red marked ones or if they were all feeding on the same thing.
I don’t often see such large groups of beetles, except on my cucumber plants!
Signature: Jess

Aggregation of White Margined Burrowing Bugs

Aggregation of White Margined Burrowing Bugs

Hi Jess,
Based on this image we located on BugGuide, we believe this is an aggregation of White Margined Burrowing Bugs,
Sehirus cinctus, but interestingly, there are only images of individuals on BugGuide.

White Margined Burrowing Bugs

White Margined Burrowing Bugs

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Subject: black and orange scorpion looking spider
Location: east coast of Pennsylvania
July 10, 2014 2:56 am
This spider was on my husband. When I went too get him off, the spider actedas if it wants to fight me. Its orange under butt, curled upwards like a scorpion tail does. Also the antennas parted and acted like swords to fight me. What is it? ??
Signature: Michelle Troxell

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Michelle,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, and though they are not considered aggressive, they will bite if provoked or carelessly handled, and the bite is reported to be quite painful.

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Subject: unknown colorful bug
Location: baltimore maryland
July 9, 2014 9:59 pm
I was working on this barn and I saw it on the side of the barn had to take a picture and could not find out what it was kinda looks like it might b some kind of assassin bug but it has 12 legs so i dont know
Signature: thanks, shane

Molting Assassin Bug

Molting Assassin Bug

Hi Shane,
You are correct that this is an Assassin Bug and the reason it appears to have twelve legs is that you have captured the molting process.  The cast of exoskeleton or exuvia is the darker half and the newly emerged insect is lighter in coloration.  It will soon darken as its new exoskeleton hardens.
  We believe this is an immature Wheel Bug.

Molting Assassin Bug

Molting Assassin Bug

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Subject: everywhere
Location: Lewiston Idaho hot dry low elevation pacific northwest
July 8, 2014 6:37 pm
These little tiny beetle shaped insects fly all over they just came out of every crevasse of the house they are dark brown and there are tons they are like termites in basically but I’m not sure I don’t think it is a type of termite please help
Signature: they’re everywhere

Elm Seed Bug

Elm Seed Bug

Dear t.e.,
Last year we posted a letter, also from Idaho, regarding an infestation of Elm Seed Bugs,
Arocatus melanocephalus, and since that time, we have received many comments.  ABC News reported on this dilemma a year earlier in July 2012.  Boise local KTVB News also reported on this infestation last July.  This is an invasive species introduced from Europe, and until a natural predator is discovered, we suspect they will continue to spread in North America.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Ware, massachusetts
July 7, 2014 2:48 pm
We found this little guy in iur back yard! We wanna know if he’s dangerous or harmless? And what on earth type of bug it is? He looked somewhat like a scorpion too us, but 1. Too small and 2. No scorpions around here.
Signature: Thank you so much, Amanda Courchesne

Molting Leaf Footed Bug

Molting Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Amanda,
This is a molting Leaf Footed Bug nymph, and you can see its cast off exoskeleton in the upper right side of the image, which we rotated.  We believe this is a member of the genus
Acanthocephala, probably Acanthocephala terminalis which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: bug hatchlings on fern leaf
Location: SE Ohio
July 4, 2014 5:35 am
A friend posted this and asked what these little critters may be. I haven’t found them anywhere yet. Can you help? Thank you.
Signature: Nonnyfysh

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Dear Nonnyfysh,
These Stink Bug hatchlings look similar to, but distinctly different from the hatchlings of the invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  We would deduce they are likely a native species of Stink Bug.  Immature True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera can be very difficult to identify to the species level because many nymphs resemble one another and many nymphs change drastically as they transform into adults.

I told my friend they look like Duracell batteries—copper on one end and gray on the other, so they must be Duracell Fern Bugs.  J
It’s a bit disappointing that they are stink bugs.  Anything born that pretty should stay that way!
Thank you so much.    I’ll send him your answer.
Madeline Fisher

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