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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:  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:  Bug found in pumpkin patch
Geographic location of the bug:  Petaluma, CA
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 07:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were in a local pumpkin patch when my daughter turned a pumpkin over and found this bug scurrying away. We found several others during our time there. They were about 1/2 – 3/4 inch long. A bug app I use identified it as possibly a blood-sucking conenose or a Spartocera fusca. I would love your thoughts!
How you want your letter signed:  Rose

Immature Western Corsair Bug OR

Dear Rose,
While this is an Assassin Bug, it is not a Blood Sucking Conenose Bug, AKA Kissing Bug, which spreads Chagas Disease.  Your individual is an immature Western Corsair Bug,
Rasahus thoracicus, which we verified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, some females are wingless:  “Some brachypterous females in the guide may have been listed as immatures. It is hard to tell the difference. Nymph’s wing pads have a broader base. ‘Microwings’ of adult females are hinged, like full-sized wings.”  While they are not considered dangerous, Corsair Bugs might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

Or possibly brachypterous female Western Corsair Bug

Subject:  Wheel Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Cut N Shoot Texas
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 03:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This wheel bug mating was found on my back porch. Did not know what they were until I found your site. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Mating Wheel Bugs

We must thank you for cheering us up with your kind letter, and also because though we do not believe your image documents typical Wheel Bug mating, we are nonetheless thrilled to post it.  Probably the greatest reason your letter cheered us is that we just made a Wheel Bug posting Bug of the Month for October, but there is no reason we cannot add a second Bug of the Month posting for October, but with a more positive outcome for the Wheel Bugs.

Thank you, that was a strange bug!! And its not typical? I don’t know much about bugs, lol. However i did see one more picture of that bug with two of them on its back and it was called something like a mating frenzy haha.

Subject:  Immature walkingstick?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwestern Wisconsin
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 10:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little guy on a plant I recently brought back inside because of cool weather.  Isn’t it a little late in the year for new hatches?
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer

Immature Zelus Assassin Bug

Dear Jennifer,
This is not a Walkingstick.  It is an immature, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus.  Handle with caution.  They bite and the bite is allegedly painful, but not considered dangerous.