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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Central Florida
May 27, 2017 5:33 am
We found this bug crawling into our screened patio. I’m guessing it may be a seed bug. I’d love to know which bug it is. We have a new landscape and garden and would like to know if we should be concerned about this bug, if it may eat our plants, protect our plants or just enjoy our plants. Thank you!
Signature: Gina

Eastern Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug

Dear Gina,
You should exercise extreme caution around this Eastern Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug,
Triatoma sanguisuga, whose identity we verified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Nests of small mammals; may invade houses. Nocturnal” and “Sometimes bites humans, and the bite may be severe, causing an allergic reaction.”  Kissing Bugs have been in the news quite a bit lately as tropical species are known to spread Chagas Disease.  According to BugGuide:  “Bite can cause severe allergic reaction in humans. Bite and defecation into bite can transmit Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. The North American species can carry the parasite but they do not normally defecate at the site of bite, and thus rarely transmit the disease (Vetter 2001). Rare vector-borne cases of Chagas occur in the so. US (CDC 2013).”

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Idaho
May 23, 2017 3:36 pm
Found two of these guys. Any idea as to what it can be?
Signature: Andrew

“Unmasked” Masked Hunter

Dear Andrew,
This looks to us like an immature “unmasked” Masked Hunter,
Reduvius personatus, a species that when immature has a sticky exoskeleton that attracts dust and debris, effectively masking the insect in its habitat.  Upon molting, it loses its mask, but soon attracts more dust and debris.  We believe your individual is newly molted, hence “unmasked”.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.  Masked Hunters are beneficial predators that will help rid your home of unwanted critters like cockroaches and bed bugs, but one should exercise caution as they might deliver a painful, but not dangerous, bite.

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Subject: Interesting Bug
Location: North Carolina
May 24, 2017 7:56 am
Central north carolina, I thought it maybe a leaf bug, however the back is sticking up and the colors are off. What says you?
Signature: Derek sinski

Immature Wheel Bug

Dear Derek,
You are observant to notice the similarities between this Wheel Bug nymph, and Assassin Bug, and a Leaf Footed Bug.  Assassin Bugs are predators and Wheel Bugs should be handled with caution to avoid a potentially painful bite.

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Subject: Very strange
Location: 17022
May 22, 2017 7:28 am
This was actually from two years ago but the spring time has me wondering whats in store for this year. I found this on my car. I do have a lot of trees and ornamental landscaping. Its freaky and having two young kids its scary. Any ideas? Cell phone pics arent the best, sorry.
Signature: Matt

Wheel Bug Molting

Dear Matt,
You have captured images of a Wheel Bug molting.  The black part is the cast off exoskeleton and the orange insect is freshly emerged and it will soon darken.  Wheel Bugs are beneficial, predatory Assassin Bugs that should be handled with caution as they might bite.  Your Wheel Bug is still a nymph.  Adults are winged.

Wheel Bug Molting

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Subject: Strange bug northern Gold coast
Location: Pimpama, Gold Coast
April 30, 2017 6:08 pm
We found these ant like creatures
Signature: Rebecca

Possibly Assassin Bug Hatchlings

Dear Rebecca,
These are recently hatched Heteropterans, or True Bugs, and we strongly believe they are Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae, but we would not rule out Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.  Many plant feeding Heteropterans remain in groups while feeding, while predatory species eventually become solitary hunters. 

Hatchling Heteropterans


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Subject: What insect is this?
Location: Leander, TX
April 13, 2017 9:37 am
Found on old fence.
Signature: Steve

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Steve,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug nymph.  While they are beneficial, they should be handled with caution as they might bite.

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