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Subject: Bee eating Bug!
Location: Ogden Utah
July 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Hi! My friend in Ogden, Ut found this wee monster making a meal of her bees.
We can’t find a similar looking critter anywhere on Google, so I realize it could be a juvenile of some species or other, but…we’re stymied.
Signature: Philina

Bee Assassin: Apiomerus montanus

Dear Philina,
This is an Assassin Bug in the genus
Apiomerus, a group commonly called the Bee Assassins.  We are relatively confident your individual is Apiomeris montanus based on this BugGuide image.  Is Ogden at a high elevation?  The habitat, according to BugGuide is:  “Mountainous regions. Collected from 1075-2896 meters. “

Daniel, thank you! Ogden is at about 4800 feet, and right up in the foothills. So yeah, mountainous is a good word.
Any suggestions for my friends whose apiary is under attack?
Natural repellents?
Thank you!

Sorry Philina, we do not offer extermination advice.

Oh, she doesn’t want to exterminate them, just keep them away from her hives. I was thinking more like, if she sprinkled cayenne pepper around the hives, they don’t like it and won’t come by it, sort of ideas. But now that i read they can fly that’s not really useful anyway.
Thanks for the help in identifying it though. We were all making good guesses, but couldn’t find any matching pictures.

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Subject: Kissing bug?
Location: Idaho falls, Idaho
July 10, 2017 9:00 pm
Sure would like to know if my kiddos are at risk.
Signature: Concerned Mama

Masked Hunter

Dear Concerned Mama,
This is an adult Masked Hunter, and it is classified with Kissing Bugs in the Assassin Bug family.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood, and does not transmit diseases.  Introduced from Europe.” You may have already encountered Masked Hunter nymphs in your home.  Their sticky exoskeleton attracts dust and debris which effectively camouflages them in their environment.

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Subject: What is this bug???
Location: Toronto, Canada
July 2, 2017 4:33 pm
Found In My daughter’s bedroom dead. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Signature: Mary

Masked Hunter

Dear Mary,
This looks to us like an adult Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug that has adapted to living indoors with humans.  We generally get images of “masked” immature Masked Hunters that are covered with debris as a means of camouflage.  You can verify our identification by viewing this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood, and does not transmit diseases.  Introduced from Europe.”

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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?
Thanks,
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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