From the monthly archives: "February 2018"
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Subject:  Part Alien Bug Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Memphis TN
Date: 02/25/2018
Time: 02:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  After heavy rains  this fella came onto the porch to reach higher ground
How you want your letter signed:  CLWhite 33

Firefly Larva

Dear CLWhite 33,
This is the larva of a Firefly.  While many folks, including children, are familiar with the flying, bioluminescent adults that are also called Lightening Bugs, not many people recognize the larvae.

Thanks, so much I searched every where. I can now educate those around me. No one knew what it was.
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Subject:  Is this an assasin bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Meani NSW (2234)
Date: 02/25/2018
Time: 08:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bit my wife on the finger when she grabbed it accidentally, attempting to cut the flower. Had a sharp pain for the next few minutes, but it subsided. This is now about 30 hours later and the area is warm, and she feels numbness and tingling.
Is this an assasin bug? does she need medical help?
How you want your letter signed:  Menai Resident

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Menai Resident,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and it appears to be an immature Common Assassin Bug,
Pristhesancus plagipennis, that is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.  While the bite of most Assassin Bugs will only produce a local reaction, individual reactions may differ due to allergies and other factors.  We are not qualified to dispense medical advice, but considering the time that has elapsed, it might be wise to consider seeing a specialist.

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Subject:  what bug caused this nest
Geographic location of the bug:  attic of home
Date: 02/24/2018
Time: 03:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  was hoping you could tell me what made this nest
How you want your letter signed:  not sure

Termite Damage

We suspect this is Termite damage.

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Subject:  Found insect
Geographic location of the bug:  San Luis Obispo, CA
Date: 02/24/2018
Time: 03:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this insect while hiking in late February, and I am just curious what it is. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Angie V.

Potato Bug

Dear Angie,
The insect in your attached image is commonly called a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, and it is one of our most common Southern California sightings.

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Subject:  African Warrior Mask Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: 02/23/2018
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman, this is my 3rd bug I’ve submitted!
This one is from a friend that lives in Guadalajara.
She sent it to me to get more info.
Have at it!
Thanx!
How you want your letter signed:  Mike Coniglio

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Dear Mike,
This is the nymph of a Giant Mesquite Bug in the genus
Thasus.  Based on iNaturalist, we believe your individual is Thasus gigas, and iNaturalist indicates the Spanish name is Chinche gigante xamuis.

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Subject:  Is that you Big Daddy?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ventura, Ca
Date: 02/23/2018
Time: 08:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
This long legged creature has been spotted in several locations in my home over the past few weeks. It is fairly sefentary, and often spotted while striking a pose, but rarely in action.
How you want your letter signed:  Melanie on the Irish Chain

Long Bodied Cellar Spider

Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
The Long Bodied Cellar Spider,
Pholcus phalangioides, is also commonly called a Daddy Long Legs or Cobweb Spider.  According to BugGuide:  “Generally found in and around man-made structures, or in other types of disturbed habitats” and that includes houses and apartments.  Long Bodied Cellar Spiders are considered harmless to humans.

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