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Subject: Kissing bug?
Location: Idaho falls, Idaho
July 10, 2017 9:00 pm
Sure would like to know if my kiddos are at risk.
Signature: Concerned Mama

Masked Hunter

Dear Concerned Mama,
This is an adult Masked Hunter, and it is classified with Kissing Bugs in the Assassin Bug family.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood, and does not transmit diseases.  Introduced from Europe.” You may have already encountered Masked Hunter nymphs in your home.  Their sticky exoskeleton attracts dust and debris which effectively camouflages them in their environment.

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Subject: What is this bug???
Location: Toronto, Canada
July 2, 2017 4:33 pm
Found In My daughter’s bedroom dead. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Signature: Mary

Masked Hunter

Dear Mary,
This looks to us like an adult Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug that has adapted to living indoors with humans.  We generally get images of “masked” immature Masked Hunters that are covered with debris as a means of camouflage.  You can verify our identification by viewing this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood, and does not transmit diseases.  Introduced from Europe.”

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Subject: Handsome beetle
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
July 5, 2017 10:28 am
Hello bugman,
Found this one in a park at my place. I think it’s a long horn beetle but I can’t recognise this species. Please provide details on conservation status, life span, reproduction of this bug. Also I found an egg case which probably belongs to this bug. Please take a look at it..
Signature: Gautam dikshit

Assassin Bug

Dear Guatam,
This is not a beetle.  It is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae.  We are unable to provide a genus or species name, however, we did locate a matching image on India Biodiversity, but it is only identified to the family level.  Most Assassin Bugs mature in a single season and do not live more than a year.  What you have mistaken for an egg case appears to be the chrysalis of a butterfly, and is unrelated to the Assassin Bug.

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Subject: Ant with bright red body, black booty.
Location: west Java
July 5, 2017 8:53 am
Hello, i found this little one crawling on a picture frame. it struck me as odd because i’ve never seen this specimen before.
Signature: Dee-dee

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Dee-Dee,
This is not an Ant.  It is an immature Assassin Bug, but we are not certain of the species.  Assassin Bugs are predators and they should be handled with caution as they may bite.

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Subject: Bug with striped legs
Location: New Jersey
June 30, 2017 1:38 pm
Hey there –
My mom found this bug in her dining room this summer. Any idea what it is?
Thanks,
Signature: Greg

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Greg,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug, and you should exercise caution if handling it.  Though it is not an aggressive species, the Sycamore Assassin is one species of Assassin Bug that seems to bite people with some degree of regularity.  The bite is painful, but not dangerous.

Oh boy, thanks for the help, Daniel. Have a great holiday weekend!

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Subject: Bug
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
June 29, 2017 3:29 pm
There were two of these on my car all throughout today. Very adamant about not leaving my vehicle. When I brushed one off the butt sorta flared upwards and looked red. The photo is a little bit far but it’s a high quality photo so just zoom in a bit.
Signature: Dylan M.

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Dylan,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug nymph.

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