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This is an awesome site! My kids and I are fascinated with taking photos of cool bugs we find and we often use your site to help identify. We have this guy right now…Thanks for helping to identify it!
Jennifer, Madison and Harrison (in Pennsylvania)

Hi Jennifer, Madison and Harrison,
We are thrilled that you like the site and that you actually used it for research. Your photo is spectacular.

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what’s this bug?
First of all, We love your great web site! It is always one of the first listed when I google search for bugs with my daycare kids. You have gave us lots of great information in the past about spiders, beetles and most recently the praying mantis. We had one living on a scarlet runner bean plant right outside our back door and directly under the porch light (lots of dinner) for 5 weeks before it disappeared. This is the first time I’m emailed you with a question. I found this interesting alien-like fellow in the bottom of my pantry when I cleaned it this afternoon. I had discovered an old zip bag of walnuts that had small weevils in it (just the little tiny dark ones that often pop out in old bags of flour). I pulled everything out (nothing else appeared infested thank goodness) and this guy was jitterly trying to hide under everything I pulled out of the pantry. He is very frightened acting and seems very harmless, doesn’t seem to be able to fly or jump. He appears to be covered in flour or some other white hairy looking substance, but I didn’t have any flour spilled in the cupboard at all. I assume he is some type of panty weevil, but what??? I’ve never seen anything like it and have no idea what to do with it. I think the kids will all be very interested after they get up from their naps and get home from school to see it. If you could give me more information I would be thrilled!
Thanks so much!
Amy Cheeseman

Hi Amy,
We love hearing that people use the site for research instead of just sending in a photo. Most everything we get asked about has already been posted. This is a Masked Hunter, Reduvius personatus, one of the Assassin Bugs. It was probably feasting on the grain weevils before being displaced from its home. They also hunt Bedbugs.

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Wheel bug found
Hi bugman,
Just wanted to let you know that I found this cool little bug in the flowers around my pond. Didn’t know what it was but came on your site and found it within a matter of minutes. Great site. I found this in Northeast PA.
Catasauqua, PA

Hi E K,
It always makes us so happy when people use the site as a research tool instead of just firing off a letter with an out of focus photo before even looking at any of the possibilities we have to offer. your image is great and we are happy to have it.

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wheel bug love

Hi John,
You didn’t really write a letter, but we want you to know this is our favorite photo all week. Thanks for the contribution.

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Hi I thought I would send you a few more pictures ,one some sort of beetle and may be an assassin bug that camouflaged itself with fine sand .These were taken in Dundas Ontario Canada

Hi Peter,
Your Assassin Bug is a Masked Bedbug Hunter, and we never tire of posting images of this fascinating insect.

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I am doing an insect collection for my science class, and I have not been able to identify this insect. I think it is an assassin bug of some kind. I have searched all over the internet and have not been able to find anything that looks like it. It is about 27 millimeters long. I collected it in Hall County, Ga. Do you have any idea of what it might be?

Hi Erin,
We located your insect on line at the Angelfire site. It is a Bark Assassin, Hammatocerus purcis. The site states: “This may be the neatest of the Reduviids from the US. These Bark assassins are brightly colored and average an inch long (23-25mm). Adult may live up to a few years. They hide under bark by day and feed on many insects including crickets, cockroaches, and beetles by night. The bite, as with most Reduviids is very painful.” We feel that the scarcity of information on this insect online alludes to its rarity, and collecting it should guarantee you an A.

Ed. Note: (09/20/2005) We just got the following scientific name correction from Eric Eaton: “Bark assassin is Microtomus purcis. The genus name you used is simply outdated. “

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