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Beetle?
I normally can figure out what kind of bug I have, but this one has me stumped. I still have it in the freezer. I am in the middle of getting a new camera with a better close up lens also I am an insect collector with over 250 different species represented as of last count in October. I found this one in Alexandria Virginia on something similar to a Hosta leaf. Although I didn’t look closely at the plant, I suspect that the insect was more or less passing through and the plant it was on has nothing to do with the insect. Please note that this picture is a posed shot with a dead insect. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Craig McBurney

Hi Craig,
Not a beetle at all. Beetles have chewing mandibles and complete metamorphosis. This is an immature Assassin Bug. They are predators with sucking mouthparts. Sorry, cant tell the species.

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masked hunter?
found this alive and dust free in Massachusetts, USA. Is this a masked hunter?
Glen

Hi Glen,
Your photo came in the day after we posted another awesome photograph of an immature Masked Hunter, Reduvius personatus. Your beautiful glossy black adult appears dead, which is sad if that death was untimely. The Masked Hunter only becomes covered with dust in its immature instars. Both nymphs and adults are foes to that scurge of mankind, the Bedbug. They also feed on flies and other insects. You will find them indoors because they prey upon Bedbugs. EVen though they are helpful, they can bite people if provoked, unlike the unprovoked attacks of their nasty Bedbug relatives.

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Reduvius personatus?
Hi! I live in Norway, and me and my daughter found this on her bedroomwall. Is this a reduvius personatus? And will we find some more in her bedroom….I’t had a funny movement…
Thanks,
Maria Isabell

Hi Maria,
What a gorgeous photograph of an immature Masked Bedbug Hunter, Reduvius personatus. The immature insect is covered with a viscid substance which causes particles of dust and fibers to adhere to it, masking the entire insect.

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Specimen I am trying to identify
Dear SIr,
Could you help me identify this specimen.
Thank you,
Peter Leahy

Hi Peter,
This is some species of Assassin Bug, Family Reduviidae, probably the genus Zelus.

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_ Bug ID Please!
Any ideas? Found in Atlanta, GA, it is about the size (leg-span) of a nickel. It has six legs, two antenae, one fang, and a stinger-like tail that is red-orange around the edges, with little black dots in the red-orange, and the center being beige-like with a large black dot in the center of that. The fang and the antenae are both alternating red-orange and black sections. The body looks a little furry. Sorry the picture is through a "clear" tupperware container…
Thanks

Your immature Wheelbug, one of the Assasin Bugs, will be winged after its final molt. There is no stinger, but that fanglike mouth can deliver a nasty bite..

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Tyler’s bug
Dear what’s that bug (Bugman),
My 5 year old son, Tyler, is a bug nut and catches everything he sees( catch and release of course) and knows more about bugs than most kids his age. But this one stumped him and me. If you know what it is I would appreciate it . He would think it’s cool. Thanks a bunch
Javier & Tyler

Hi Javier and Tyler,
We don’t want you to think we are uncool. Your bug looks like an Immature Assassin Bug. Watch out for that mouth as it is designed for piercing and sucking. Assassins prey on harmful insects, but will give an unwary gardener or a careless bug collector a painful bite.

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