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Subject: Black and Orange bugs that seem to attach together at back end
Location: Henderson, NV
June 15, 2016 8:53 am
Hi! I’m a new homeowner and found these bugs recently. They are normally single, but they will occasionally come together at their backside and even move in unison when I approach them. Do you know what I’m dealing with here? Thanks!
Signature: New Homeowner

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Dear New Homeowner,
These are mating Small Milkweed Bugs, and they pose no threat to your new home.

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Subject: BUG ID
Location: Portland, oregon
June 4, 2016 1:47 pm
Hi my name is Dez, I’m almost six. We are helping with research about pollinators and are trying to find out more about them so we can keep helping them. I’m also making a blog post about them.
We saw this bug here in Portland, Oregon and can’t identify it from anything we found online. Could you help?
Thanks very much,
Signature: Dez

Small Milkweed Bug

Small Milkweed Bug

Dear Dez,
We are pleased to hear about your concern with pollinators, and it is wonderful that you will be blogging about what you learn.  This is a Small Milkweed Bug,
Lygaeus kalmii, a species that is generally found not far from its host plant, Milkweed.  According to BugGuide citing another article:  “Adults suck nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants, and also feed on milkweed seeds(?). Also reported to be scavengers and predators, especially in spring when milkweed seeds are scarce. They have been reported feeding on honey bees, monarch caterpillars and pupae, and dogbane beetles, among others.”

Thank you so much for telling us what this bug is called and some of its features! I was so excited to get such a fast response!
Dez

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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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