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Subject: Help identify
Location: Massachusetts
November 16, 2016 8:24 pm
Just curious as to what this is. A customer asked me to identify.
Thanks!
Signature: AnnMarie

Leafhopper Assassin Bug nymph

Leafhopper Assassin Bug nymph

Dear AnnMarie,
This is a predatory immature Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus, and we believe it is a Leafhopper Assassin Bug nymph.

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Subject: Fall Visitor
Location: Northeast Georgia (near Helen)
November 20, 2016 11:12 am
Check out this handsome fella? Came flying in from the trees as the leaves were falling this week in North Georgia, to sit we me and the wife. Didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry, even the cat checked him out. Kept walking around and let me take his picture. That’s a piece of pink street chalk he is sitting on.
No idea really of actually what this is, a type of Mantis perhaps with how it used its front legs, also with a really small head? The vertical spiked plate on the back and the flat metallic looking area, just amazing!
You guys are the best. 🙂 Thanks…
Signature: Frog

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Frog,
This is a positively gorgeous image of a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug.  While not aggressive toward humans, they are capable of delivering a painful bite with the red, piercing mouthpart that is quite evident in your image.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Lawton OK.
November 16, 2016 10:33 pm
I was at a range when this bug flew in. Loudest bug I’ve ever seen. Moves slow once landed. Never seen anything like this bug. Not usually afraid of anything, until I met this thing. The wind would blow wrong and I was jumpy.
Signature: – Augustin, Gianni

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Augustin, Gianni,
This is a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug.  Though Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans, they are predators with mouthparts designed to pierce prey and suck fluids, and they could deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

Wow thanks. I didn’t think you’d get back to me so soon. I really appreciate that.

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Subject: Weird bug on my door
Location: western nc
November 12, 2016 6:53 am
Is this in the stink bug family? We have been bombarded by stink bugs this year.
Signature: ?stink bug

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Sycamore Assassin Bug

This Sycamore Assassin Bug is classified with Stink Bugs in the True Bug suborder Heteroptera, but they are in different families within the suborder.

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Subject: Egg laying bug on eggplant leaf
Location: South central Florida
November 10, 2016 7:12 pm
I am in south central Florida on the east coast. Nov 11th. My eggplant leaf was partially rolled up. I unrolled it and found this bug and tiny black eggs. I took a picture of this bug but can’t find any images on line that match. It was about 10 cm in length. It did not attempt to fly when I disturbed the leaf.
Signature: Kayandreak

Jagged Ambush Bug

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear Kayandreak,
This is a beneficial, predatory, Jagged Ambush Bug.

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Subject: Identification
Location: California valley
November 11, 2016 11:58 am
Working in California Valley and have seen a few of these insects slowly crawling around. There are flies everywhere, tons of them, but just today caught a slow mover munching on one of the flies, hence becoming a welcome addition to my home. They’ve been doing well too as they’ve left a pile of leftover carcasses at the base of their attack.
Just wondering what it is.
Thanks,
Signature: Chris

Assassin Bug eats Flesh Fly

Leafhopper Assassin Bug eats Flesh Fly

Dear Chris,
The predator is an Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus, and the prey appears to be a Flesh Fly.  We believe the Assassin is a Leafhopper Assassin Bug, Zelus renardii, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Generalist predator (despite its common name suggesting host specificity).”  Zelus Assassin Bugs seem to bite humans more readily than most other Assassin Bugs, with the exception of blood-sucking Kissing Bugs, and though their bite is not considered dangerous to humans, it may leave the bite site tender and swollen.  They should be handled with caution to avoid bites.

Assassin Bug eats Flesh Fly

Assassin Bug eats Flesh Fly

Thank you..  They do keep the flies at bay

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