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Subject: What is this guy?
Location: northern California
September 10, 2017 10:25 am
I would very much like this little guy identified! I found him caught in some old spider web and rescued him. He seems quite thankful 🙂 I initially thought he was a stick or stilt bug, but I’m not positive.
Signature: (is this for my name?) Rayne

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Rayne,
This is an Assassin Bug and we believe it is in the genus
Zelus, a group of insects that is often a subject of an inquiry to our site when a person has received a painful bite through careless handling or an accidental encounter.  Though not considered dangerous, the bite is reported to be quite painful.  You are lucky your kind deed did not result in a bite, but at any rate, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject:  New Bug to Me
Geographic location of the bug:  Powhatan, VA 23139
Date: 09/04/2017
Time: 05:39 PM EDT
Can you tell me what kind of bug this odd?
How you want your letter signed:  Terry Kefalas

Wheel Bug

Dear Terry,
This is one of the best images we have received of a Wheel Bug in a long time.

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Subject:  squat yellow bug w tiny praying mantis legs
Geographic location of the bug:Madison, Wisconsin
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 02:59 PM EDT
found this little dude crawling on my picnic blanket and I’ve never seen anything like it. he has wings, but was happy to just crawl around my hands for several minutes before he decided to fly away.
How you want your letter signed:  kk

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear kk,
The magenta knit background beautifully contrasts the chartreuse color of your Jagged Ambush Bug, quite unlike the typical camouflage it enjoys when resting on many blossoms.  The Jagged Ambush Bug is a predator that uses its raptorial front legs to capture prey much as a Preying Mantis hunts.

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Taos NM
August 25, 2017
About 1/4 inch
How you want your letter signed:  Charlie

Ambush Bug

Dear Charlie,
This is one of the strangest images we have ever received of a predatory Ambush Bug.

 

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Subject: What am I?
Location: South Jersey (August 2017)
August 24, 2017 9:29 am
Found this lounging on my picnic table. Looks like it’s giving a piggyback ride to another.
Signature: Jennifer Pierce

Mating Wheel Bugs

Dear Jennifer,
These are mating Wheel Bugs, the largest predatory Assassin Bugs in North America.  The angle of your image does not highlight the coglike protrusion on the thorax of adult Wheel Bugs.

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Subject: Fleeing the scene of the crime…
Location: Sussex County, NJ
August 12, 2017 1:05 pm
I thought you might enjoy this one for your Life Cycle gallery. A Sycamore Assassin Nymph leaving the corpse of a small ant. Kind of hard to be discreet when wearing an orange jumpsuit…
Have a great weekend.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Sycamore Assassin Bug eats Ant

Dear Deborah,
Thanks for providing your image of an immature Sycamore Assassin Bug and the corpse of an Ant it has feasted upon.  As you indicated, it will be an excellent addition to our Food Chain tag.

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