Subject: Please I’d this insect
Geographic location of the bug: Northern Illinois
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
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.