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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:  identification
Geographic location of the bug:  ottawa
Date: 01/12/2019
Time: 09:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  please identify this insect
How you want your letter signed:  citron

Masked Hunter

Dear citron,
This is an immature Assassin Bug that is commonly called a Masked Hunter because its sticky exoskeleton attracts all manner of debris that effectively “masks” the insect and protects it from predators.  Though Masked Hunters might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled, they do not pose a threat to humans and they will feed on other undesirable creatures including Bed Bugs, Cockroaches and Spiders.

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Subject:  unusual bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Charleston, SC
Date: 12/11/2018
Time: 08:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My daughter sent me this picture asking what it was. I’ve never seen anything like it.
How you want your letter signed:  jim

Wheel Bug

Dear Jim,
This is a predatory Wheel Bug, the largest Assassin Bug in North America.  Though we rarely get reports of Wheel Bugs biting people, they should nonetheless be handled with caution as they might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  Wheel Bugs are relatively common in eastern North America.

Wow. That’s quite a beast. Thanks for identifying it.

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tulsa, OK
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  About 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch long.
I’ve had this little bug hanging out in my kitchen for several days. It startled me a few times because I thought it was a spider at first.  Just curious what it is! Never seen a bug like it before.
How you want your letter signed:  Kenzie

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Kenzie,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug.  It is an outdoor, predatory insect and it will not infest your home.  Like other members of the family Sycamore Assassin Bugs should be handled with caution as they might bite if carelessly handled or if accidentally encountered in a situation where they feel threatened.

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma, USA
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 03:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug on my head after doing yard work yesterday.  What is it, can it hurt me.  Thought it was a katydid at first but don’t think it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Sammie B

Assassin Bug nymph

Dear Sammie,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, probably in the genus
Zelus.  This is a genus that is prone to biting folks when the insects are carelessly handled or accidentally encountered, and you are lucky you did not encounter a painful bite.  Though painful, the bite is not considered dangerous.  Because of your timing, we have selected your submission as our Bug of the Month for December 2018.

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Subject:  Bug in TN
Geographic location of the bug:  Nashville TN
Date: 10/29/2018
Time: 05:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this thing?? It’s huge!
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Wheel Bug

Dear Melissa,
This is a predatory Wheel Bug, the largest Assassin Bug in North America.

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