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Subject: Unfamiliar True Bug
Location: Chula Vista, California
May 24, 2016 6:02 pm
Hello! First I would like to say I do love this website very much and I frequently visit it for some fun! Now on to my question; in my area there are hundreds upon hundreds of Red Shouldered Bugs running around. But just today (5/24/16), I have noticed a strange dead bug that was obviously a true bug but was not one of those very common Red Shouldered Bugs while I was walking my dog. I didn’t think about it much until I got back home and then I saw a living one in my backyard. It was about 1/2 and inch longer than an adult Red Shouldered Bug with a different pattern. I think it’s some kind of parasitic bug but what I’m hoping is that it is an assassin bug (I want to catch one so I can feed it a bunch of spiders in my house). Please identify this bug.
Signature: Stugy

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Stugy,
The Large Milkweed Bug,
Oncopeltus fasciatus, is generally found in association with Milkweed, a plant that supports a diverse insect ecosystem.  Large Milkweed Bugs have been reported to our site in association with Oleander, a common landscape and freeway plant with toxic tendencies.  See BugGuide for species verification.

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Subject: Insect on Butterweed Flower
Location: SW Ohio
May 24, 2016 2:44 pm
I took this picture yesterday May 23, 2016. The insect was on a butterweed flower. I am located in S.W. Ohio between Cincinnati & Dayton. I’ve checked a lot of insect pictures but could not find this one. The closest thing that I could find was a red bug. I am an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.
Signature: Wade Hall

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear Wade,
This is a Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, and though it is a relatively wide ranging species, we have very few submissions until recently.  We don’t know why, but for some reason sightings of Whitecrossed Seed Bugs to our site have increased significantly recently.

Thanks for your quick reply.  I didn’t think I’d ever hear back from anybody.
Wade Hall – OCVN

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Edmonds, WA
May 18, 2016 10:33 pm
Hello! This bug was on my exterior kitchen door today (May 18th) in Edmonds, Washington. It was maybe 1/4″ long, if I remember correctly. I tried googling, reverse image searching, asking friends, and using your website, but to no avail. I’d love to know more about it. Thanks for your time! :)
Signature: Cat Jackson

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear Cat,
With the strong white background and the graphic, saturated coloration on this Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, your image looks like a professional studio portrait.

That’s it!!! And that was so fast, thank you!!!
FYI I took that photo with my iPhone and a clip-on macro lens that I got in a kit for ~$7. Whitened the background with Facetune. Modern technology is pretty cool. :)

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Subject: pool invaders
Location: San Diego California 92117
April 27, 2016 4:03 pm
These abundant lil bugs showed up in our pool yesterday. What are they?
Signature: swarmed swimmer

Seed Bugs, we believe

Seed Bugs, we believe

Dear swarmed swimmer,
We are not able to provide a definitive species identification at this time, but in our opinion these are either Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae (see BugGuide) or Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae (also see BugGuide).  There are species in both families that periodically have tremendous population explosions when conditions are right.  They look very much like the Seed Bugs that infested Burning Man that are profiled on Gizmodo.

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Subject: red & black bug
Location: Western Washington State
April 18, 2016 12:25 pm
Hi Mr. Bugman,
I took this photo on my deck last night. There were 20-30 of these red and black bugs all over my Lamb’s ear plant. I live in the Western slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state and have never seen this particuler bug before.
Can you ID it?
Signature: Machele Brodie

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear Machele,
This Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, according to BugGuide, is found in “Fields, meadows; adults come to light.”

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Subject: Help! tons of these things appeared 2 days ago
Location: Phoenix, Az
April 12, 2016 8:30 pm
I live in Phoenix Az. I do have a front yard garden of some herbs, tomatoes, and artichokes. I don’t think the bugs are there for the garden. They spread out through the dirt portion of the yard and have trails (4-5 trails that they’re following) all the way past the garden and into the backyard.
I found false cinch bugs have similar body shape, but not the markings. Our neighbor is redoing his entire house, so I’m wondering if that’s where they came from?
Signature: Morgan

Possibly California False Chinch Bug Nymph

Possibly California False Chinch Bug Nymph

Dear Morgan,
Last spring we posted an image of similar looking nymphs, and at that time we wrote:  “These are immature True Bugs, and nymphs can be very difficult to identify.  …  we suspect you may also have Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae.”  When we received images of the adults, we tentatively identified them as California False Chinch Bugs,
Xyonysius californicus, but alas BugGuide does not have any young nymph images.

Thank you! That gives me enough info so I don’t have to worry about them. I really appreciate he quick reply.

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