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Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Texas
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:15 AM EDT
My friend claims this is the type of bug that can transmit  Chagas disease.  I don’t agree. Who is right?
How you want your letter signed:  I’m right, right?

Big Legged Bug

You are correct.  Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs are Assassin Bugs in the genus Triatoma,  and they are known to spread Chagas Disease.  Though many other Assassin Bugs are known to bite, most species are considered harmless to humans.  Your friends don’t even have the family correct, and one must generalize the identification all the way to the insect suborder Heteroptera to even consider them correct.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala, a member of the family Coreidae in the suborder Heteroptera, a very very distant relative of the disease carrying Kissing Bugs.

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Subject:  Hello
Geographic location of the bug:  In my house
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 08:36 PM EDT
Hello. I am a young entomologist and I just found out about The website from the bugopedia and I am happy that I found out about you. I am not sure what this Bug is but I Think it is some kind of stink Bug because it stinks.
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Western Conifer Seed Bug

This is not a Stink Bug.  It is a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae.  Your individual looks like a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species that frequently enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  We don’t know where on the planet your house was built, but we can tell you that the Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, but has spread across North America beginning in the 1960s.  Shortly after the beginning of the 21st Century, it was also reported in Europe and it is now commonly found across northern Europe where it is considered an Invasive Species.

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Subject:  Reduviidae from Perú
Geographic location of the bug:  Amazon jungle of Perù
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 02:35 PM EDT
Sorry I can’t remember the right place. All I can say for sure is that it was in Amazon jungle of Perú, and in year 2009.
Thanks for helping.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Assassin Bug

Dear Ferran,
We love your gorgeous images of an orange legged Assassin Bug on an analogously colored handwoven background, but we had to color correct the cyan cast due to the shady lighting conditions.  We are going to post before researching Insetologia to try to determine an identity.

Assassin Bug

Great, Daniel!!
I think it’s probably a Montina confusa speciment. It looks almost identical.
Thank you very much for your help!!
Ferran

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Subject:  bugs on house siding
Geographic location of the bug:  agawam, ma
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 02:43 PM EDT
tons of these bugs on outside of house. never had them before
How you want your letter signed:  Don Williams

Eastern Boxelder Bug

Dear Don,
This is an Eastern Boxelder Bug, a species that often aggregates in large numbers.  Houses with light colored, south facing walls that are in the sun are favorite locations for aggregating.  Eastern Boxelder Bugs are also known to enter homes to hibernate once weather begins to cool.  The aggregations have led to common names like Populist Bug and Democrat Bug. 

 

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Subject:  Can you please ID this assasin bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Antipolo Philippines
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 06:02 AM EDT
Hi Bugman!
Can you please identify what species of Assasin bug these guys are. I caught them on one of my Okra plants and they are adorable.
How you want your letter signed:  Mohammad Mehdi Saatchi

Red Cotton Stainer

Dear Mohammad,
Though it resembles an Assassin Bug and though it is classified in the same order as Assassin Bugs, this Red Cotton Stainer is actually a member of the Red Bug family Pyrrhocoridae.  We verified your Red Cotton Stainer’s identity as
Dysdercus cingulatus thanks to Project Noah.

Red Cotton Stainers

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Subject:  Assassin bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia Beach, VA
Date: 11/06/2017
Time: 03:55 PM EDT
My 17 month old grandson was bitten/stung by this bug on 11/5/17. He was taken to an urgent care facility, and was not treated for the bite. We’re guessing an assissan bug of some type.?  The baby stepped on it barefoot in the living room. In your opinion, are there potentially any health issues we need to be concerned about?   Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Worried Grandma

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Worried Grandma,
We are not medical professionals, but we can tell you that we agree with your assessment that this is an Assassin Bug, and more specifically it is an immature individual from the genus Zelus, a genus with members that bite readily in defense if they are threatened or carelessly handled, and unfortunately in the case of your grandson, that includes accidentally stepping on one.  The bite is reported to be quite painful, and a mark might last for days or even longer, but in our opinion, there is no threat.  This is NOT a Kissing Bug, a group of Assassin Bugs known to spread Chagas Disease.

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