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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Montreal, Canada
July 26, 2017 10:12 pm
Hello! I’m curious if you could identify this bug. I live in Montreal, Canada. Especially in the urban zones, we usually don’t have heavy stingers here except bees and wasps (as far as i know). Found this one in the sink hidden into a piece of cloth and he got me when i squeezed the cloth. This one bite or sting was very painful. (red dot, i suppose its a sting) not much inflammation, juste intense burn.
Hey thank you for info !! Never saw that bug before
Signature: DR

Masked Hunter

Dear DR,
This is an adult Masked Hunter, an introduced species that has adapted well to surviving indoors with humans where the immature nymphs camouflage themselves with dust.  Though not aggressive, Masked Hunters will bite if threatened.  They are predators that will help keep other small unwanted intruders like cockroaches and bed bugs under control.  According to BugGuide, Bed Bug Hunter is another common name.

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Subject: What’s this bug????
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2017 6:00 am
Bugman,
I’d like to understand more about this fragile little guy
Tell me everything you know!
Thanks,
Signature: :Drew

Ambush Bug

Dear Drew,
While we are amused that you want us to tell you everything we know, that is just not possible.  We can tell you this is a Jagged Ambush Bug in the genus
Phymata, which you can verify on BugGuide where it states:  “typically found on flowers in open or semi-open habitats.”  While they are waiting on blossoms and plants, Ambush Bugs rely on camouflage to assist them in ambushing prey, often pollinating insects.

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Subject: Light Gray beetle?
Location: Denver, Pennsylvania
July 27, 2017 5:22 am
Hi,
Last weekend my family and I were camping in Denver PA and my daughter came across this beetle type insect. He was eating a daddy long leg. Any idea what he is?
Thanks!
Signature: Curious in PA

Wheel Bug Nymph eats Harvestman

Dear Curious in PA,
This predator is not a beetle.  It is an immature Assassin Bug known as a Wheel Bug.  The prey is a member of the order Opiliones, commonly called a Harvestman or as you have indicated, a Daddy-Long-Legs.

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Subject: Beetle?
Location: Long Island, ny
July 23, 2017 7:11 pm
Saw thin on a cone flower
Signature: Kathy L

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear Kathy,
Jagged Ambush Bugs like the one in your image often wait concealed on blossoms as unaware pollinating insects fall prey into their raptorial grasp.

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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
July 22, 2017 3:03 pm
Hi! Thanks for offering this service.
This bug was found in Indianapolis in June in my backyard. I was watering some milkweed and coneflower and the bug landed on my leg.
I put the little guy in a Petrie dish and she/he used its front two little arms like clubs, almost dragging them across the dish. The other 4 legs operated normally.
Lastly, the body is green but the back is black/brown and the wings fold to create a kind of ‘t’.
Signature: John!

Ambush Bug

Dear John,
This is a predatory Ambush Bug.  Most images of Ambush Bugs on our site were taken on blossoms where the Ambush Bug waits to ambush its prey.

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Subject: bugs in my house
Location: Ontario
July 22, 2017 11:35 pm
over the last few days there have been multiple occurrences of these black/dark brown bugs in my home. I have seen one near the bathroom on two separate occasions, and tonight one flew into a table lamp in the living room. I have just been catching them and letting them loose outside, but my girlfriend is worried they may be cockroaches, although I don’t think they are. I am concerned bc our cats are trying to eat them, so I would like to make sure they aren’t any danger to them.
Signature: madelynn

Masked Hunter

Dear Madelynn,
This is a Masked Hunter, a predatory Assassin Bug that has adapted to living with humans.  The immature Masked Hunters have a sticky exoskeleton that attracts debris, effectively masking the insect so it is camouflaged in its environment.  Handle Masked Hunters with caution.  They might bite.

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