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This one ate all the leaves on my pear tree
Location: Louisiana
October 27, 2011 3:56 pm
I had a bug problem last year and it is coming back. And I can’t find out what it is to deal with it. I’ve never had anything like this before. I hope you can help.
Signature: Michael

Texas Bow-Legged Bug

Dear Michael,
We do not believe this Broad Headed Bug is the pear tree defoliator.  We suspect your species might be the Texas Bow-Legged Bug,
Hyalymenus tarsatus, based on images posted to BugGuide which states:  “Often be seen feeding on a variety of plants, especially euphorbias and seed pods of legumes and milkweeds.”  Since Broad Headed Bugs have piercing and sucking mouthparts, they would not be capable of eating leaves. 

A wrapping at my chamber window
Location: Costal Connecitut
July 4, 2011 11:26 pm
Hello there. Humid summer nights in Connecticut are often less than pleasant. Especially during the evening when all the flying beetles come out.
Still, I must imagine I must have it a lot better here than some people do elsewhere.
I guess the best way to describe me is as a creeped-out observer. I finds insets fascinating on some level but I am also very creeped out by many of them.
I heard tapping over near my window on the second floor. I figured it might be flying beetles. I know the the few silverfish that seem to periodically live in the old window are silent runners. Still I went over to the window to close it and what did I find but this black mystery bug. I managed to take a few pictures. I hope they help. Something tells me it was beetles tapping at the window but my curiosity always gets the better of me.
I hope you can help.
Signature: Max

Broad Headed Bug

Hi Max,
This is a Broad Headed Bug in the family Alydidae, most likely
Alydus eurinus based on images posted to BugGuide.  They feed on the juices of plants, so you don’t need to worry if they should gain admission to your room.  We could not locate any information about them being attracted to lights at night, but we did learn that they are sometimes called Ant Bugs because the immature nymphs mimic ants.

Thank you! That’s a relief.
You run a great website. I look forward to being a frequent reader/supporter.

Couple of Brown Bugs
Location: Singapore
March 8, 2011 9:27 am
Hi there,
I remember asking this a couple of days here, maybe my question did not push through this site. Anyways, I found a couple of brown colored bugs, one in a park, another during our macro photo session with some friends here in Singapore. Nobody could rightly identify them. Maybe you would know them, guys. Thanks a lot.
Signature: Giovanni

Bean Bug

Hi Giovanni,
In our opinion, both of your insects look like Broad-Headed Bugs in the family Alydidae.  You may compare your images to photos of North American species posted to BugGuide.

Update:  April 8, 2013
Thanks to David who provided a comment with an identification of the Soybean Pod Bug or Bean Bug,
Riptortus linearis, one of the Broad Headed Bugs.  We verified that on and on FlickR.