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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:  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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Subject:  Stegosaurus roach
Geographic location of the bug:  Western North Carolina (Weaverville)
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 09:03 PM EDT
This bug has been on the side of our house for several hours now… never seen anything like it. It has a razor back fin thing like a dinosaur.
How you want your letter signed:  Scooley

Wheel Bug

Dear Scooley,
This is a predatory Wheel Bug, and you are not the first person writing to us comparing a Wheel Bug to a Stegosaurus.

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Subject:  What is this cool bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Melbourne Australia
Date: 10/23/2017
Time: 06:10 AM EDT
G’Day and thanks in advance! I was in the garden today looking for interesting bugs to photograph and found this little fellow on the fence, he did a wobble back and forward on each step, around 1cm long it is spring at the moment!
How you want your letter signed:  Ray

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Ray,
This looks to us like a Spiny Assassin Bug nymph in the genus
Sinea, which is pictured on BugGuide.  We will research if you have any related species in Australia.  It might be an immature Brown Spiny Assassin Bug, Neoveledella aculeata, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site, but there are only adults pictured.

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

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Subject:  Found on Asters and it appears to prey on bees
Geographic location of the bug:  Bloomington, Indiana
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 09:31 PM EDT
I’ve seen a couple of these bugs. They are pretty small, only looking like a tiny piece of bark that fell onto the flower. They seem to park themselves on the aster and aren’t afraid of being photographed. Today, I got a shot of one sucking on the abdomen of a small bee. It looked like the bee wad dead.
How you want your letter signed:  Teddy Alfrey

Ambush Bug eats Flower Fly

Dear Teddy,
Your images are exquisite.  The predator in your images is an Ambush Bug, and though it resembles a bee, the prey is actually a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family SyrphidaeAmbush Bugs are frequently found on blossoms where they ambush insects, many of which are pollinators.

Ambush Bug

Daniel,
Thanks for the “exquisite” comment, and the quick reply!!
My thought was that the prey was something like a Mason Bee, but of course, you’re right about the Flower Fly.
I have quite a few insect photos on my Flickr page:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/teddyalfrey/albums
And on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/teddy.alfrey
Other than bees, my favorite insects to photograph are spiders, but I don’t get much love for my spider photos!
Thanks again!!!
Teddy.

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Subject:  Insect Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Zarcero, Costa Rica
Date: 10/14/2017
Time: 04:28 PM EDT
I haven’t found this guy in books or websites yet. Is it possible you know what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Charlie Doggett

Cog-Wheel Bug

Dear Charlie,
Your insect bears such a strong resemblance to the North American Wheel Bug that we are quite certain it is in the same genus.  Many years ago we posted an image of a mating pair of similar looking members of the genus that we tentatively identified as
Arilus carinatus, but we do not know how many members of the genus are found in Central America.  Right now we cannot access BugGuide to verify how many members of the genus are known.  Flicker has an image of Arilus carinatus that looks very similar to your image, and we strongly suspect that identification is correct.  A google book entitled Latin American Insects and Entomology by the amazing Charles Leonard Hogue has a drawing on page 223 of the Cog-Wheel Bug, Arilus carinatus.

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