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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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Subject: Strange looking bug
Location: San Diego
January 21, 2016 4:32 pm
Do you have any idea what this is?? I saw it on a trail I was on today….
Signature: Cloudy

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Cloudy,
The Potato Bug is one of our most common Southern California identification requests during the winter months.

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Subject: Bug like QVC package..
Location: Willistown Twp, Chester County, PA
December 6, 2015 7:04 am
Hello bug man…
Is this a Western Conifer Seed bug??
Please advise.
Thx!!
Happy holidays!
Signature: Nancy

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Hi Nancy,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, and it seems it has settled into the packing material in an effort to find shelter from the oncoming winter weather.  This is exactly the type of behavior that we are speculating led to the range expansion of the Western Conifer Seed Bug beginning in the 1960s, when it spread from the Pacific Northwest to eventually include much of North America.  That was about the same time that air travel became more routine, and we believe the Western Conifer Seed Bug stowed away in luggage, eventually finding itself in a new time zone, and establishing itself in a new location.

Thx Daniel!
I ️hav  question …  A local news service make a stink about “deadly kissing bug”…that accord to my untraineyes look similar
To west. Conifer seed bug…
See their video Lin below— Are they mistaken?
PLESE let me know.
Thx SOMMUCh!!!
http://patch.com/pennsylvania/malvern/s/fgzde/watch-this-is-what-a-deadly-kissing-bug-looks-like
Kind regard,
Nancy. :)

Dear Nancy,
Your local news service is wrong.  The bug pictured in the video is a Western Conifer Seed Bug in the Leaf Footed Bug family Coreidae, NOT a Kissing Bug, a similar looking insect from the Assassin Bug Family Reduviidae.  There is currently much coverage on Kissing Bugs, that do spread Chagas Disease, but it is very irresponsible of your local news outlet to fuel paranoia by picturing the wrong insect in their coverage.  Sightings of Western Conifer Seed Bugs are much more common than sightings of Eastern Blood-Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs in your area.  You should write to your local news agency and inform them of their error and ask that they correct their posting.  They probably do not have an entomologist on the staff and the reporter did not do her due diligence by following up the submitted video with a local expert at a natural history museum.

That what I thought!!!! Thx for confirmation!  I WILL let THME know!  :)

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Subject: Is this bug dangerous?
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
November 20, 2015 11:17 pm
Hello,
I live in British Columbia, Surrey, Canada and I see this bug all over Surrey in BC. Many times this bug tries to enter my mouse but I am scared this bug is dangerous or carries a disease like the jugu or whatever it is called disease. One time it did enter my house and it made this loud flopping of the wing and it looks huge and big and scary and I killed it…of course I was terrified to come close to it. This bug is super, super, super slow when it comes to walking.
Can you tell me what the name of the bug and if it is dangerous? Thanks
Signature: By email please.

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

This Western Conifer Seed Bug is not dangerous.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often seek shelter indoors when weather turns colder, but we can’t understand why it is attempting to enter your mouse.

Sorry I meant house not mouse :)
People say that this bug as you described it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07d7WPvHs-c is called TRIATOMA INFESTANS BUG which will bring CHAGAS disease which literally is the 1st thought that came in my mind when I saw it. That is exactly that bug in my living room and washroom and I wish to confirm if it is true it is that dangerous chagas transmitting disease or not.

We don’t mean to disparage the internet as we are also an internet resource, but we don’t believe everything we read on the internet where any paranoid kook can write and post all manner of outrageously false information.  We have already identified your insect as a Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis.  Triatoma infestans, which does spread Chagas Disease, is a South American species, and the last time we checked a map, British Columbia is not located in South America with its namesake Colombia, though we could probably locate a map on the internet that places it there.  There are related members in the genus Triatoma found in North America, including the Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose Bug and the Western Blood Sucking Conenose Bug, but we reiterate, your insect is a harmless Western Conifer Seed Bug and it is NOT a member of the genus Triatoma.

Thank you 100% and I trust your professional information and I believe you 100% on what you said about the insect and also about the internet. I hope to ask you in the future with more insects I will see in the future and apologies if I offended you :). Just one question, if it lands on me or I handle it…would it bite me?

For the record, we are not entomologists, so we don’t have any professional credentials.  Like other internet sites, we often post incorrect information, but we strive for accuracy.  We do not take offense and no apologies are necessary.  We once heard it said that “if it has a mouth, it can bite” but we have not gotten any reports of people being bitten by Western Conifer Seed Bugs, though they do have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids from seeds, so it is entirely possible that a bite could occur.  Please feel free to submit any future identification requests and we will try our best to respond.

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Subject: What is this Bug?
Location: Bedford PA
November 5, 2015 12:13 pm
Hello bugman,
We found this bug in our dealership located in Bedford PA. We were just wondering if you knew what it was. Thank you!
Signature: Donald T. Rice

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Donald,
Even though this is one of our Top 10 identification requests, we never tire of posting images of Toe-Biters.

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Subject: Slow peanut-shaped insect
Location: Georgia, USA
November 4, 2015 11:52 am
Hey Bugman,
I am curious to know what kind of bug this is. I have researched online and cannot find anything similar looking. It is early fall in Athens Georgia, we are in a wooded residential area. It is about the size of a half dollar including leg span, maybe a little smaller. But definitely larger than a quarter. There is a ridge on its upper back between its top two legs.
Thanks for your time!
Signature: -Intrigued in GA

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Intrigued in GA,
This Wheel Bug is the largest North American Assassin Bug, a family of predators.  The slow movement is characteristic of the hunting style of the Wheel Bug, but they are beneficial predators.  Many species of Assassin Bugs will readily bite humans if carelessly handled, but we cannot recall a single report in more than 15 years of a Wheel Bug biting a human, even though Wheel Bug identifications are among the Top 10 identification requests to our site.  We believe the cog-like ridge you cited prevents Wheel Bugs from being easily swallowed by other, larger predators like birds.

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