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Subject:  got stung by this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  southeastern coast of NC
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 06:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I believe I got stung by this insect. I had left my drink on a fence post outside when I got it back and was holding it felt a severe burn iui n sting and only got a short glimpse of the insect I saw this guy on my front porch yesterday and was sure this met the color and size(pretty big) of the culprit. My sting is still slightly swollen painful and itchy after a week.Do these guys sting?
How you want your letter signed:  Melba

Wheel Bug

Dear Melba,
Wheel Bugs do not sting, however we frequently caution our readers to handle Wheel Bugs with caution as they might bite, though unlike other Assassin Bugs, we rarely get reports of actual bites from Wheel Bugs.  Though the bite of a Wheel Bug is not considered dangerous, the local effects of a reportedly painful bite might last some time.

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate South Carolina, USA
Date: 06/11/2019
Time: 09:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I normally use iNaturalist to identify the organisms I find, but this time it is completely wrong. It is identifying this insect as a black widow but it clearly has 6 legs and is red with black dots, not black with red spots. Please can you help me identify this bug.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Brandi

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Brandi,
This is most certainly NOT a Black Widow.  This is a Wheel Bug nymph, and nymphs as well as adult Wheel Bugs are among our most common spring through fall identification requests from the eastern parts of North America.  Though they are not dangerous, Wheel Bugs should be handled with caution as they might deliver a painful bite.

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Subject:  Blue legs?
Geographic location of the bug:  Chattanooga TN Riverwalk Park
Date: 06/11/2019
Time: 09:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looks super cool and walks kinda like a praying mantis caught the pic while it was eating lunch. Making sure it’s not dangerous as it is by a playground
How you want your letter signed:  Rosh

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Rosh,
This is a Wheel Bug nymph, and like many Assassin Bugs, it might bite if carelessly handled, but unlike some Assassin Bugs, namely the Kissing Bugs, the bite of a Wheel Bug, though painful, is not considered dangerous.

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Subject:  Assassin bug or kissing bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Virginia
Date: 04/26/2019
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On April 26, I saw this bug in my mail box and thought it looked interesting so I took a few pictures of it. But just today, I saw a news post about the Kissing Bug and tried to search around to find out if it was. I ended up finding another article on here dating back to April 2016 with a photo of a similar looking bug called the Assassin bug or something like that. Can you please help me identify this bug?
Thank you~
How you want your letter signed:  Liya

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Liya,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug in the genus
Pselliopus, and like other members of the Assassin Bug family Reduviidae, it might bite if carelessly handled, but the bite is not considered dangerous.  Kissing Bugs are also Assassin Bugs, but they prey upon warm blooded hosts.  Kissing Bugs will readily bite humans and especially those found in warmer regions can spread Chagas Disease.

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Subject:  Strange bug in Ohio
Geographic location of the bug:  Morrow, OH
Date: 04/25/2019
Time: 05:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this sitting on my closed garage door. Have never seen anything like it. Have you an identity for it?
How you want your letter signed:  Jim Kightlinger

Wheel Bug

Dear Jim,
This is an adult Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug, and this is not a rare insect in the eastern part of the continent, however this April sighting is quite unusual.  We generally get images of adult Wheel Bugs much later in the year, especially in northern states, and this is the time of year we expect to get reports of hatchling Wheel Bugs.

Update:  Hi Daniel – Thanks for the ID of the Assassin bug. I should have mentioned that the photo was not current. The picture was taken 10/6/2018 so being an adult was perfectly right for that time of year. Ugly little bugger though. I left him alone to do whatever ugly bugs do.
Thanks again – Jim Kightlinger

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Subject:  Please I’d this insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Illinois
Date: 02/17/2019
Time: 04:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Went camping with my Boy Scouts in sandwich Illinois.  Found this bug when we brought our gear home.  Unsure what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Ben Bentley Scoutmaster Troop 102

Masked Hunter

Dear Ben,
This is a Masked Hunter, the immature form of a predatory Assassin Bug that has a sticky exoskeleton.  Debris sticks to the Masked Hunter, effectively camouflaging it.  Masked Hunters should be handled with caution.  Though the bite is not considered dangerous, it can be painful.

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