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Subject:  Unknown insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Princeton Jct., NJ
Date: 10/16/2021
Time: 05:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On a tomato in my home garden, my photo 10/14/21.
Two stages of same, obviously.
How you want your letter signed:  Jan

Unidentified Leaf Footed Bug nymphs

Dear Jan,
We are relatively certain these are Leaf Footed Bug nymphs in the family Coreidae, but we are having difficulty nailing down the species. 

Subject:  a solitary bug i never see before
Geographic location of the bug:  100kms North of Sydney..Coastal.
Date: 10/18/2021
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman
i am always curious about the natural world, as so many of us love it’s minds blowing divetsity and the adaptation of the countless living forms to their niche..
so perhaps you can help..
i never saw a bug like this in my backyard in Woy Woy..NSW. Australia
How you want your letter signed:  i don’t know what this means

Probably Common Assassin Bug

This is a predatory Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae.  We cannot identify the species, but there are some similar looking individuals on the Brisbane Insect website.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we are in consensus that the closest match Pristhesancus plagipennis is which is pictured on Jungle Dragon.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 07:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – this cute little bug appeared on my husband’s hand.  After taking a few photos, he gently relocated it.  Is this a species of assassin bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Julie,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and we believe it is in the genus
Zelus.  Though not considered dangerous, Assassin Bugs in the genus Zelus will bite if carelessly handled.

Thank you very much!  My husband gently relocated it to the bushes.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate NY
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 05:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These bugs on walls trying to come into the house. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Patrick

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Patrick,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug often enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.

Subject:  Strange Large Grey Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City Missouri
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 06:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello.  I am 43 and have lived in this area my whole life.  I saw a strange bug the other day twice in the same day that I never saw before or after.  1st sighting was at my home the next 25 miles north.  It was very large and could still fly with no immediately visible wings.  It looked like there was a red hook for its nose/snout.  It was very similar to the pictured wheelbug but not the same an no wheel on its back
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Ken Davis

Wheel Bug

Dear Ken,
This beauty is a predatory Wheel Bug, our featured Bug of the Month for October here and here.

Subject:  Kissing bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Az
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 08:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hundreds in my orange tree
How you want your letter signed:  Bill

Western Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Bill,
These are not Kissing Bugs.  They are Western Leaf Footed Bugs and when they feed on the juices of fruits, they inject an enzyme that makes the fruit unpalatable to humans.