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Subject: Handsome beetle
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
July 5, 2017 10:28 am
Hello bugman,
Found this one in a park at my place. I think it’s a long horn beetle but I can’t recognise this species. Please provide details on conservation status, life span, reproduction of this bug. Also I found an egg case which probably belongs to this bug. Please take a look at it..
Signature: Gautam dikshit

Assassin Bug

Dear Guatam,
This is not a beetle.  It is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae.  We are unable to provide a genus or species name, however, we did locate a matching image on India Biodiversity, but it is only identified to the family level.  Most Assassin Bugs mature in a single season and do not live more than a year.  What you have mistaken for an egg case appears to be the chrysalis of a butterfly, and is unrelated to the Assassin Bug.

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Subject: Ant with bright red body, black booty.
Location: west Java
July 5, 2017 8:53 am
Hello, i found this little one crawling on a picture frame. it struck me as odd because i’ve never seen this specimen before.
Signature: Dee-dee

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Dee-Dee,
This is not an Ant.  It is an immature Assassin Bug, but we are not certain of the species.  Assassin Bugs are predators and they should be handled with caution as they may bite.

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Subject: Bug with striped legs
Location: New Jersey
June 30, 2017 1:38 pm
Hey there –
My mom found this bug in her dining room this summer. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Greg

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Greg,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug, and you should exercise caution if handling it.  Though it is not an aggressive species, the Sycamore Assassin is one species of Assassin Bug that seems to bite people with some degree of regularity.  The bite is painful, but not dangerous.

Oh boy, thanks for the help, Daniel. Have a great holiday weekend!

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Subject: Bug
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
June 29, 2017 3:29 pm
There were two of these on my car all throughout today. Very adamant about not leaving my vehicle. When I brushed one off the butt sorta flared upwards and looked red. The photo is a little bit far but it’s a high quality photo so just zoom in a bit.
Signature: Dylan M.

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Dylan,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug nymph.

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Subject: FANTASTIC Wheel bug EATING Japanese Beetle
Location: Lignum virginia
June 26, 2017 6:52 pm
Captured this guy on my peach tree today snacking on a Japanese Beetle! Wanted to see if you could add it to your album! Thanks and love your site!!!
JUNE 26th summer in Virginia on a 25yr old peach tree.
Signature: Thank you

Wheel Bug Nymph eats Japanese Beetle

We are thrilled to add your image of a Wheel Bug nymph eating an invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle to our Food Chain tag.  We have other images in our archive of Wheel Bugs feeding upon Japanese Beetles.

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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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