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Subject:  One-legged or injured bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra Vista Az
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  9/9/21 About 8 am – this fascinating bug was on a small geranium plant in filtered light. It appears to have one back leg – injured? Moving the plant to brighter light for a better photo caused bug to crawl under a leaf. Back in filtered light it left a ‘deposit’ (poop? eggs?) as it crawled to a higher leaf.
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy and Julia

Giant Agave Bug

Dear Tommy and Julia,
This is a Giant Agave Bug,
Acanthocephala thomasi, and you can compare your image to this image from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have greatly swollen hind femora bearing at least one large spike; females have slender hind femora bearing several small spikes.”  Based on this BugGuide image of a mating pair, we believe your individual is not a female and the deposit on your other image is not an egg.

Subject:  Help with bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Bartlesville Oklahoma
Date: 12/05/2019
Time: 10:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have converted standalone garage that’s a man cave with a recliner. I’ve been noticing lots of these bugs crawling on me.
How you want your letter signed:  Richard

Bed Bug

Dear Richard,
Your man cave has Bed Bugs.  Was the recliner gotten second-hand?  Second-hand furniture is a common way to introduce Bed Bugs to a new location.  We suspect you are getting bitten while you recline.  Bed Bugs are blood suckers that will feed on sleeping humans.  They can be difficult to eradicate.

Thank you for your quick response. I was worried about that. I’ve never seen them before and they looked 90% like the pictures but with bugs never know. Thank you again I’m throwing it out and taking action to get rid of them!

Subject:  What type of insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Maryland
Date: 12/05/2019
Time: 02:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug on my living room wal, curious to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Mario

Bed Bug

Dear Mario,
This is a Bed Bug, and if you found one, there are likely more.  Infestations of Bed Bugs can be difficult to eradicate.  They are blood suckers that will feed on humans while sleeping.

Subject:  Bug Beetle or what is it
Geographic location of the bug:  New England and eastern Canada
Date: 09/25/2019
Time: 08:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have found several of these in the material on the headboard (bed) in our Motor Home.  We have been in the New England States and the Maritime Provinces in Canada for the past 3 months.
How you want your letter signed:  RT

Bed Bug

Dear RT,
We take no pleasure in being the bearers of bad news.  This is a Bed Bug.

Subject:  Big bit me!
Geographic location of the bug:  York, Ne
Date: 01/23/2019
Time: 10:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This booger bit me!
How you want your letter signed:  Itchy & Scratchy

Bed Bug

Dear Itchy & Scratchy,
You were bitten by a Bed Bug.  Chances are if there is one, there are most likely more.

Well darn.  2019 OFF TO A GREAT START.  Gotta go, time to burn my house down. Just kidding. But I’m sad and overwhelmed. Oh goodness.

We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news.  Bed Bugs are very adept at hiding during the day, under the mattress, behind pictures on the wall and between the wall and baseboards.  You might need professional assistance.

 

Subject:  Found in SD home
Geographic location of the bug:  NE South Dakota
Date: 01/11/2019
Time: 01:51 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this crawling on a canvas blanket in home. Have not been able to locate any others in the home after extensive looking. No recent trips outside of home.
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned

Bed Bug

Dear Concerned,
You have cause for concern.  This is a Bed Bug, a blood-sucking insect that often feeds on sleeping humans.  There has been much publicity online in the past ten years as populations of Bed Bugs are increasing, especially in urban areas.  This individual appears to be fully grown, or nearly fully grown.  Not finding any more is not necessarily a sign that there are no more as Bed Bugs have an uncanny ability to hide during the day, only emerging at night to feed.  They are able to hide between the mattress and box spring, behind baseboards and under pictures and other items hanging on the walls.  Have you had any visitors lately?  Bed Bugs can stow away in luggage.  Another possible source of infestations is used furniture.

Bed Bug