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Subject:  Stink bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Framingham, MA
Date: 02/14/2019
Time: 03:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman!
My daughter reached out to me with pics of an insect she and her hubby are finding in their new home in Framingham, MA. Apparently with the cold weather, they’re finding an increasing number of these critters around the windowsills. They look suspiciously like stink bugs, yet I’ve seen other similar-looking insects that are not stink bugs.
Please advise. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kenda

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Hi Kenda,
This is indeed a Stink Bug.  It is an invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an Asian species first discovered in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, and it has now spread across North America.  It poses a serious threat to agriculture as it is known to feed from over 300 different plant species.  According to BugGuide:  “n the US, reported to damage apples, pears, peaches, cherries, corn, tomatoes, peppers, soybean, ornamentals…”  Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs frequently enter homes to hibernate when the weather cools.  They will not harm the home, but they are a nuisance if they are plentiful.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Thank you, Daniel. What would you suggest to be the least harmful way to remove them from the home? Should my daughter and son-in-law be concerned about eggs in and around the home or do the Stink Bugs lay on specific plants/crops?
Grazie mille!

Hi Kenda,
When it comes to invasive species like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, we have no reservations about squashing individuals found in the home.  If you are concerned about not harming the bug, the best way to remove it is with a martini glass or wine glass.  Trap the insect in the vessel and slip a postcard under the rim and then transport the insect outside.  We use that method with stinging insects and any that we do not want to handle either because they might bite or because they are especially delicate.  We doubt they will lay eggs in the home, and the list of outdoor plants upon which they will feed is quite extensive, so we are presuming something they will eat is growing in your daughter’s yard.

Update:  February 17, 2019
A Facebook comment by Fern mentioned this New Yorker article where it states:  “What makes the brown marmorated stinkbug unique, though, is not just its tendency to congregate in extremely large numbers but the fact that it boasts a peculiar and unwelcome kind of versatility. Very few household pests destroy crops; fleas and bedbugs are nightmarish, but not if you’re a field of corn. Conversely, very few agricultural pests pose a problem indoors; you’ll seldom hear of people confronting a swarm of boll weevils in their bedroom. But the brown marmorated stinkbug has made a name for itself by simultaneously threatening millions of acres of American farmland and grossing out the occupants of millions of American homes.”

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Subject:  Milkweed Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Florida
Date: 02/14/2019
Time: 12:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman!
While visiting friends in Rockledge, Florida, they showed me one of their milkweed plants that had many of these milkweed bugs on them. I haven’t, in the past, considered them to be harmful to milkweed, but would (roughly) 20 insects on one plant kill the it?
They are pesticide-free (unlike much of the rest of Florida ah-hem), so they’re either letting them be or picking them off. What advice can I give them?
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kenda

Large Milkweed Bug

Hi Kenda,
Large Milkweed Bugs will not harm the plant.  They do feed on seeds, so large numbers of Large Milkweed Bugs might reduce seed production, but again, they do not harm the milkweed plants.

Excellent news! Thanks for all you do, Daniel, to make the planet a better place!

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Subject:  It looked like its legs were leaves
Geographic location of the bug:  Poland
Date: 02/15/2019
Time: 09:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this bug in my curtain, i’ve searched through google – its not phyllium and I dont think its coreidae’s family. I took it outside, but Im really curious what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Nikola

Masked Hunter

Dear Nikola,
This is an immature Masked Hunter, a beneficial, predatory Assassin Bug that will prey upon unwanted visitors in your home.  Masked Hunters seem to have adapted quite well to cohabitation with humans.  The appearance of its legs is due to the debris that sticks to its exoskeleton, a camouflage technique that benefits the Masked Hunter.  There is another family of True Bugs known as Leaf Footed Bugs, but that is a different family.

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Subject:  Whats that Bug ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Vancouver Washington
Date: 01/29/2019
Time: 01:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I have had a most distressing time attempting to determine the identity of this bug. It is a six legged black beetle of some kind but I fail to find any matching species in all of my research on the matter. I would be very appreciative if you could let me know what you think.
How you want your letter signed:  Charles Richardson

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Charles,
This is not a Beetle, but rather a True Bug, so that might have made your identification attempts more distressing.  It appears to be a Western Boxelder Bug,
Boisea rubrolineata, and according to BugGuide:  “Particularly noticeable in fall (often invade homes in search of shelter to hibernate) and in spring (when they emerge).”  Boxelder Bugs often form aggregations with numerous individuals.

Thank you so much. I very much appreciate your response and reply. You guys are a godsend…
Best Regards,

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Subject:  Big bit me!
Geographic location of the bug:  York, Ne
Date: 01/23/2019
Time: 10:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This booger bit me!
How you want your letter signed:  Itchy & Scratchy

Bed Bug

Dear Itchy & Scratchy,
You were bitten by a Bed Bug.  Chances are if there is one, there are most likely more.

Well darn.  2019 OFF TO A GREAT START.  Gotta go, time to burn my house down. Just kidding. But I’m sad and overwhelmed. Oh goodness.

We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news.  Bed Bugs are very adept at hiding during the day, under the mattress, behind pictures on the wall and between the wall and baseboards.  You might need professional assistance.


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Subject:  Black with orange and yellow markings a tick or fly or mite
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 01/22/2019
Time: 04:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a tick. If not what is it. Looks a bit like a lone star tick
How you want your letter signed:  Hilly Abe

Variegated Caper Bug

Dear Hilly Abe,
This is NOT a tick.  At first we thought this Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae might be an African Painted Bug, but we could not find record of it is Israel.  Our searching took us to Israel’s Nature Site and the Heteroptera of Israel page where we identified your Stink Bug as
Stenozygum coloratum. Encyclopedia of Life has an image of a aggregation of nymphs, and according to the European Journal of Entomology:  “The variegated caper bug (CB) Stenozygum coloratum (Klug, 1845) is common in the Eastern Mediterranean region and a minor agricultural pest.”

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