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Subject:  Mating Wheel Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Pegram, TN
Date: 09/29/2018
Time: 05:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Taken w/ my iPhone. Found these two hanging upside down on my outdoor garbage can and was struck by the saw-tooth crescent thingy on their back. “What IS that??” A Google search took me to whatsthatbug, where I found the answer in Top 10 and learned about Assassin Bugs. Thanks, bug man!!
If you zoom in slightly, you can see the slender sex organ extending from the male’s abdomen towards her backside. Is this the aedeagus?Never saw one before.
Staying in zoom, it honestly looks as if his back left leg is pushing her wing slightly open for contact. And I’m probably imagining things now, after reading ‘How Insects Mate’ on thoughtco.com, but it looks like he’s tickling her with his two front left legs.
“One-third of insect species studied by scientists show….a decent effort on the male’s part to make sure the female is pleased with the sexual encounter.”
Well done, sir!!!
How you want your letter signed:  Anita Cold-Shower

Mating Wheel Bugs

Dear Anita Cold-Shower,
Your image of mating Wheel Bugs is awesome, and thanks to your careful research, we can add aedeagus to our insect vocabulary word list.  Aedeagus is defined on BugGuide as being:  “the intromittent organ of a male insect with its appendages” and according to Wikipedia:  “An intromittent organ is a general term for an external organ of a male organism that is specialized to deliver sperm during copulation.”

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Subject:  It looks like a dinosaur
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington, IL
Date: 09/25/2018
Time: 03:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this on a plant on my porch. It seemed like a praying mantis from far, with lanky legs. But on closer look, it had this strange hump on it’s back, like armor plated look. It’s body was very wide though, with interesting markings on the wings.
How you want your letter signed:  J

Wheel Bug

Dear J,
Congratulations on your first Wheel Bug sighting.  You are not the first person to describe it as looking like a dinosaur.

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Subject:  Some kind of biting fly or wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Simi Valley, CA
Date: 09/20/2018
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
This bug landed on and bit my 7 year old. Can you please help identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Terry Jenkin

Corsair

Dear Terry,
Though it is not considered dangerous, the bite of this Assassin Bug,
Rasahus hamatus, commonly called a Corsair, is reported to be quite painful, and the Corsair is also one of the members of the Assassin Bug family that seems to bite without being provoked.

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Subject:  Unknown Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern NC
Date: 09/18/2018
Time: 09:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I live in Eastern NC about an hour from the coast. saw this bug on my horse fence after Hurricane Flo blew through. Any idea?
How you want your letter signed:  AH

Wheel Bug

Dear AH,
While weather events like Hurricane Florence have been known to blow exotic insects to distant lands, potentially increasing their range, this Wheel Bug is a native species for you.

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Subject:  A colorful red, black, and white bug
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 11:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found a very colorful dead insect the other day which I wasn’t able to identify (much to my chagrin, since it broke my bug-googling streak). I originally was thinking of it as a beetle, but as you can see, it doesn’t seem to have the wing-cases, just an ordinary pair of wings, overlapped on each other to boot. Any idea what this could be?
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  A.

Bark Assassin Bug

Dear A,
We just finished posting an image of an even redder Bark Assassin Bug,
Microtomus purcis.

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Subject:  insect id
Geographic location of the bug:  Batesville, AR
Date: 08/19/2018
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  A friend posted this photo on Facebook. Wonders what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Doesn’t matter

Bark Assassin Bug

The red color on your Bark Assassin Bug, Microtomus purcis, is much more pronounced than the more commonly seen white color variation.  This BugGuide image is of a red individual.  Beetles in the Bush calls it “North America’s most beautiful assassin bug” and also states:  “One would think such a conspicuously  marked assassin bug with a bite powerfully painful enough to back up its apparent warning coloration could brazenly venture out during the day with little to fear. To the contrary, this species seems best known for its habit of hiding under bark during the day and venturing out only at night, during which time it is sometimes attracted to lights (Slater & Baranowski 1978, Eaton & Kaufman 2007).”

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