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heres a challenge…
I keep finding these little buggers clinging on my white sneakers. I can’t find any refferance for them on the net and have looked all over your site and came up with a big zero as well. Its so unusual for a bug to be white, it just stands out to much. Anyway I was curious to see if anyone there knew what this bug is? It’s covered in a white powdering that gives it a bit of a fuzzy appearance, its about 1/4 of an inch long, six legs and antennas. I live in northern Utah in an urban setting and have no idea why these bugs keep apearing on my shoes! Thank you for anything you can tell me,
Alex

Hi Alex,
Now that you know that this Assassin Bug is known as a Masked Bedbug Hunter, you should be able to find plenty of information online as well as on our site. These beneficial insects are referred to as Masked since the sticky hairs on the body gather dust, masking them from potential predators. We once got an amazing blue Masked Bedbug Hunter since the contributor of the photo had a blue carpet.

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Wheel Bug Ovipositing
I recently (12/09/06) came across this wheel bug ovipositing in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge and wanted to share the images. I found the bug’s ovipositor(s) very interesting. Great site,
Anthony

Hi Anthony,
We have gotten many images of the distinctive Wheel Bug egg clusters, but this is the first for us. Thanks for sending your wonderful photo to us. Eric Eaton later clarified as to what was happening in this image: ” I just noticed that this wheel bug is NOT laying an egg, but deploying a scarlet scent gland in self-defense. Don’t know what triggers this behavior, but I did find a wheelbug in a spider web once that had spilled a great amount of bright orange goo like this. Eric “

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What the heck is this bug? Packs a whallop of a bite.
Can you help us identify this bug? Bit my wife tonite, and she had immediate pain, swelling, and a blood spot in the middle of the swelling where it bit her. Small bug, big bite. Thanks for your help.
Brian and Carrie Cantrall
Scottsdale, AZ

Hi Brian,
This is an Assassin Bug, probably in the genus Zelus.

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A very strange looking insect
I found a very large bug on outside on the window and I’d like to know if you can tell me what it is. It’s approximately 1- 1 1/2 inches long. I was wondering if it was some kind of large weevil because of the long nose. Thanks for any help you can give. I’ve never seen an insect like it–it’s a little scary looking!
Carrie

Hi Carrie,
We toyed with the idea of making the predatory Wheel Bug, one of the Assassin Bugs, our Bug of the Month for November, but opted for the Boxelder Bug instead.

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This may help
Dear Bugman,
I sent an e-mail yesterday asking for a bug identification. I noticed on your site today that you posted a picture from Stephanie from Austin, Tx. The picutre was kinda blurry but the bugs looked a lot like the pic I took. I will send it again for you and hope this clears it up for Stephanie and myself. Thanks,
Brent

Hi Brent,
Before we contacted Eric Eaton, we suspected Stephanie’s creatures might be Zelus Assassin Bug hatchlings. Eric dispelled that suspicion by pointing out that Assassin Bugs do not lay eggs in rows. Eric believes the hatchlings are Coreid Bugs. Your photo is of a Zelus Assassin nymph, the original suspicion we had about Stephanie’s hatchlings. Your specimen is Zelus longipes, the Milkweed Assassin Bug.

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Here’s a Real Stinker!
Hello Bugman,
Found outside in Baltimore Maryland. Yes, it stinks when disturbed. Looks kind of prehistoric. About 1 1/2 inches long. Yes, it can fly. Beautiful deep red iridescent wing color. Can’t find its picture anywhere for ID. Does it look familiar? Thanks!
Brian

Hi Brian,
When we get letters with the word prehistoric in them, it is usually associated with the Dobsonfly or the Wheel Bug. We have more than 20 photos of Wheel Bugs on our site in various places, including Bug Love and Food Chain as well as Assassin Bugs. There is currently an image on our homepage as well. We can’t imagine how you found our site and could not locate the Wheel Bug as we have a search engine. Your photo is very classic.

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