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Subject:  Is a diptera?
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Date: 03/17/2018
Time: 05:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi I have different images of these two insects mating, they are not very clear but I am wondering what do you think is?
How you want your letter signed:  Che

Mating Bow Legged Bugs

Dear Che,
These are not mating Flies in the order Diptera.  Rather they are mating True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera, and based on this BugGuide image, they look to us like mating Texas Bow Legged Bugs,
Hyalymenus tarsatus, a species that BugGuide indicates ranges from:  “CA-AL to Brazil.” 

Mating Bow Legged Bugs

Subject:  Found on play equipment
Geographic location of the bug:  Del City, Oklahoma
Date: 10/20/2017
Time: 04:02 PM EDT
Please help me identify this bug. It was on my kids play toys. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen. I’ve been through an insect identification. I’m lost on what it could be
How you want your letter signed:  Very Thankful, Angie

Immature Broad Headed Bug

Dear Angie,
This is an immature Broad Headed Bug in the family Alydidae, and there are many similar looking, unidentified nymphs pictured on BugGuide.

Broad Headed Bug Nymph

Subject:  Blue
Geographic location of the bug:  Denham Springs, Louisiana
Date: 09/17/2017
Time: 01:27 AM EDT
Hello there,
I’ve found a few of these insects inside my house in the last three days. They only come out at night and seem to be attracted to light, since that’s where I find them most of the time. I have no ide show they got inside the house, because I don’t leave the door open and any search I did trying to find the point of entry hasn’t been successful. They look pretty intimidating to me! Could you help me ID this insect and if I should be concerned about my health?
How you want your letter signed:  I have no clue

Texas Bow Legged Bug

Your image nicely illustrates why this Broad Headed Bug, Hyalymenus tarsatus, is commonly called a Texas Bow Legged Bug.  According to BugGuide:  “on a variety of plants, especially euphorbias and seed pods of legumes and milkweeds” and in our opinion, it poses no direct threat to your health.

Thank you so much Daniel for your help and prompt response!
Now I can safely trap them and put them outside without losing my mind.
I can definitely see where their name comes from. They have a beautiful green color as well.
Thanks again and have a wonderful day,

Subject: Help please
Location: Hurst, TX
February 18, 2017 9:01 pm
I found this bug in my apartment & cannot find anything like it online. Please help.
Signature: Kimberly

Texas Bow-Legged Bug

Dear Kimberly,
We believe we have correctly identified your Broad Headed Bug as a member of the genus
Hyalymenus thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  All members of the family are plant feeders according to BugGuide.  Because of your location, there is a good chance this is a Texas Bow-Legged Bug, Hyalymenus tarsatus, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject: Please identify this ant
Location: Dallas TX 75227
October 13, 2016 8:10 pm
Hi, I spotted this guy on my crape myrtle this morning. It has long legs, horns on its thorax, and a bumpy abdomen. What is it?
Signature: Kristine

Immature Broadheaded Bug

Immature Broadheaded Bug

Dear Kristine,
Though it looks like an Ant, this is actually an immature True Bug in the family Alydidae, the Broad Headed Bugs.  It looks like this immature
Alydus nymph pictured on BugGuide.  There is also a nice image on Fotolog.

Immature Broadheaded Bug

Immature Broadheaded Bug

Wow!! Thank you! That explains why I was unable to find it in any ant identification guides.

Immature Broadheaded Bug

Immature Broadheaded Bug

Subject: bug on beans
Location: NW Florida USA
July 2, 2016 7:49 am
Hi, trying to id this bug. They are on my beans. Can’t tell what they are doing. They fly easily. I’m in NW Florida. Thanks!
Signature: Pam

Broadheaded Bug

Broad-Headed Bug

Dear Pam,
We identified your Broad-Headed Bugs as
 Hyalymenus longispinus thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “One of three spp. of Hyalymenus endemic to FL, two other spp. occur in southwest.”

Broadheaded Bugs

Broad-Headed Bugs