Subject:  Bug that looks like bed bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Waterloo iowa
Date: 12/14/2017
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Please tell me this isnt a bed bug
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa payne

Squashed Bed Bug

Dear Melissa,
We are sorry, but this does appear to be a squashed Bed Bug.

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Subject:  bug
Geographic location of the bug:  saudi arabia
Date: 12/14/2017
Time: 08:58 PM EDT
what bug is this
How you want your letter signed:  simple

Assassin Bug

Dear simple,
This is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae.  It reminds us of the members of the genus
Acanthaspis that are pictured on Discover Life.

Subject:  What is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  Greenwood, Arkansas
Date: 12/14/2017
Time: 08:07 PM EDT
They are in my house…
Are they poisonous???
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you, trina

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Trina,
This is an immature, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus, and members of that genus tend to bite humans more readily than other Assassin Bug, and though the bite is reported to be somewhat painful, it is not considered dangerous.

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Subject:  Cockroach??
Geographic location of the bug:  North Jersey
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 10:34 PM EDT
Found this staring at when I opened my pantry. Found another dead one in the upstairs bathroom tub that is never used
How you want your letter signed:  Mary


Hi Mary,
This certainly is a Cockroach, and the image is too blurry to be certain, but it looks to us like a German Cockroach, a species that frequently infests homes.

Thank you so much, I think. : o
We’ve been in this house for over 10 years, is there a reason I am just seeing them (2 so far, one alive one dead) now? We did have our basement remediated for mold and they used something called Tim-Bor to treat the wood. Does it mean they’ve been in our house all this time? I’m disgusted to say the least.

German Cockroaches have adapted to living near humans and have benefitted from cohabitation, especially because of the food we provide for them.  You may have introduced Cockroaches to your home in a purse taken to a restaurant, in a brown bag brought home from the grocery, or even in a basket taken to a laundromat.

Subject:  Can anybody help me with the ID of this katydid nymph
Geographic location of the bug:  Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
I’m trying to find the name of this little bug. It was around 3 cm long. I know katydids are hard to identify and it is even more difficult when they are nymphs, but this one had blue eyes and pronotum.  Hope you can help me.
How you want your letter signed:  Dariel Sanabria Q. / Artrópodos de Costa Rica

Blue-Eyed Katydid Nymph

Dear Daniel,
Your image of this blue-eyed Katydid nymph is beautiful.  Nymphs can be difficult to correctly identify.  We did not have any luck locating any similar looking nymphs on the internet.  We will write to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide an identification.

Thank you! Hope Piotr can find its ID.

Subject:  Botswana Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Leroo La Tau Safari Camp Botswana
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 04:19 AM EDT
Distinctive white backed beetle with brown strip bisecting the back sperimpsed by two opposite diagonal stripes of the same colour. See photograph.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Sykes

Longicorn: Prosopocera lactator

Dear Mr Sykes,
We quickly identified this gorgeous Longicorn as Prosopocera lactator on Insect Designs, and we learned on that it is reported from “Angola, Zambia, S Tanzania, Malawi and N Mozambique” but not Botswana which is curious as Botswana is quite close to the countries listed in the range.