Subject: Good guy or bad guy?
Geographic location of the bug: Southwest Louisiana, USA
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We found this poor thing in our salt water pool. It’s wings are drying out and it’s looking like it will survive the trauma of an overnight swim. We’re a little concerned that it may go on to gorge itself on our vegetables and citrus trees but we have plenty to spare with the big guy.
How you want your letter signed: Lu
This is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus Acanthocephala, and we don’t mean to throw a damper on your Bug Humanitarian efforts, but alas, it is a plant feeder. Like other True Bugs, it has a mouth designed to pierce and suck fluids, but they are not a significant problem in cultivated gardens.