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Subject: What am I?
Location: South Jersey (August 2017)
August 24, 2017 9:29 am
Found this lounging on my picnic table. Looks like it’s giving a piggyback ride to another.
Signature: Jennifer Pierce

Mating Wheel Bugs

Dear Jennifer,
These are mating Wheel Bugs, the largest predatory Assassin Bugs in North America.  The angle of your image does not highlight the coglike protrusion on the thorax of adult Wheel Bugs.

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Subject: Fleeing the scene of the crime…
Location: Sussex County, NJ
August 12, 2017 1:05 pm
I thought you might enjoy this one for your Life Cycle gallery. A Sycamore Assassin Nymph leaving the corpse of a small ant. Kind of hard to be discreet when wearing an orange jumpsuit…
Have a great weekend.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Sycamore Assassin Bug eats Ant

Dear Deborah,
Thanks for providing your image of an immature Sycamore Assassin Bug and the corpse of an Ant it has feasted upon.  As you indicated, it will be an excellent addition to our Food Chain tag.

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Subject: Bug with spiky head
Location: New Jersey
August 8, 2017 5:43 pm
I don’t think this is a wheel bug or leaf hopper or a stick bug. Please help me identify it.
Signature: Sandeep

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Sandeep,
This is a Spiny Assassin Bug nymph in the genus
SineaHere is a BugGuide image for reference.

Thanks, Daniel. Feel free to use my pictures as well if it can help others.
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Subject: Leaf-like insect?
Location: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
July 31, 2017 7:21 pm
I was wondering if you could help me identify this bug. There were two of them, and they are quite strange looking. I’ve tried a Google image search but haven’t found anything.
Signature: Mary-Ann

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear Mary-Ann,
Your Jagged Ambush Bug images are awesome.  Jagged Ambush Bugs are stealth predators that depend upon camouflage to help them capture winged prey, often much larger than themselves.

Jagged Ambush Bug

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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
I’d like to understand more about this fragile little guy
Tell me everything you know!
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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