Subject:  Please I’d this insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Illinois
Date: 02/17/2019
Time: 04:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Went camping with my Boy Scouts in sandwich Illinois.  Found this bug when we brought our gear home.  Unsure what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Ben Bentley Scoutmaster Troop 102

Masked Hunter

Dear Ben,
This is a Masked Hunter, the immature form of a predatory Assassin Bug that has a sticky exoskeleton.  Debris sticks to the Masked Hunter, effectively camouflaging it.  Masked Hunters should be handled with caution.  Though the bite is not considered dangerous, it can be painful.

Location: Illinois

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