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Subject: Ladybug?
Location: Long Beach, CA
May 26, 2017 12:32 am
Hi Bugman,
I’ve tried IDing this beauty but never found it online. After comparing its shape & size, I
think it’s lady bug. Hoping for confirmation. Thanks!
Signature: Sharon in Long Beach

Southern Green Stink Bug Nymph

Dear Sharon,
This is NOT a Lady Bug which is actually a beetle.  This is the nymph of a Southern Green Stink Bug,
Nezara viridula, an invasive, exotic species that is “cosmopolitan, presumably of African and/or Mediterranean origin” according to BugGuide which also states:  “highly polyphagous (recorded from hundreds of spp. in >30 plant families), attacking a wide variety of crop plants; especially damaging to new shoots and fruits, including those of soybeans, peas, and cotton.”

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Subject: Whats that bug?!
Location: North Carolina
May 26, 2017 6:19 am
What king of bug is this ?? It walks kind of like a crab and has a big butt facing upwards.
Signature: Patricia O’Hare

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Patricia,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug, probably in the genus
Acanthocephala, and we believe its red coloration is due to its having recently molted.  It should soon darken in color.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: NE Pennsylvania l
May 24, 2017 5:26 pm
Is this a giant waterbug? The bug pictured is almost 3in in length.
Regards,
Signature: Mike

Toe-Biter

Dear Mike,
This is indeed a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Idaho
May 23, 2017 3:36 pm
Found two of these guys. Any idea as to what it can be?
Signature: Andrew

“Unmasked” Masked Hunter

Dear Andrew,
This looks to us like an immature “unmasked” Masked Hunter,
Reduvius personatus, a species that when immature has a sticky exoskeleton that attracts dust and debris, effectively masking the insect in its habitat.  Upon molting, it loses its mask, but soon attracts more dust and debris.  We believe your individual is newly molted, hence “unmasked”.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.  Masked Hunters are beneficial predators that will help rid your home of unwanted critters like cockroaches and bed bugs, but one should exercise caution as they might deliver a painful, but not dangerous, bite.

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Subject: Interesting Bug
Location: North Carolina
May 24, 2017 7:56 am
Central north carolina, I thought it maybe a leaf bug, however the back is sticking up and the colors are off. What says you?
Signature: Derek sinski

Immature Wheel Bug

Dear Derek,
You are observant to notice the similarities between this Wheel Bug nymph, and Assassin Bug, and a Leaf Footed Bug.  Assassin Bugs are predators and Wheel Bugs should be handled with caution to avoid a potentially painful bite.

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Subject: Exotic looking insect in my garden
Location: Baytown, Texas
May 22, 2017 3:54 pm
Hi, I found this bug hanging out on an azalea leaf in my garden. It has a pear shaped body (black and white – unless that “white” is really sun glare) with red/orange femur, large black tibia, and a red/orange antennae. I have spent hours searching online for its identity! We live in Baytown, Texas (just east of Houston). We have been buying a lot of wood lately for an outdoor project. Maybe this fella hitched a ride? I also wanted to know if it’s a beneficial bug for my garden. Much thanks!
Signature: Perplexed

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Perplexed,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.

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