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Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Texas
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:15 AM EDT
My friend claims this is the type of bug that can transmit  Chagas disease.  I don’t agree. Who is right?
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Big Legged Bug

You are correct.  Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs are Assassin Bugs in the genus Triatoma,  and they are known to spread Chagas Disease.  Though many other Assassin Bugs are known to bite, most species are considered harmless to humans.  Your friends don’t even have the family correct, and one must generalize the identification all the way to the insect suborder Heteroptera to even consider them correct.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala, a member of the family Coreidae in the suborder Heteroptera, a very very distant relative of the disease carrying Kissing Bugs.

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Subject:  Hello
Geographic location of the bug:  In my house
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 08:36 PM EDT
Hello. I am a young entomologist and I just found out about The website from the bugopedia and I am happy that I found out about you. I am not sure what this Bug is but I Think it is some kind of stink Bug because it stinks.
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Western Conifer Seed Bug

This is not a Stink Bug.  It is a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae.  Your individual looks like a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species that frequently enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  We don’t know where on the planet your house was built, but we can tell you that the Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, but has spread across North America beginning in the 1960s.  Shortly after the beginning of the 21st Century, it was also reported in Europe and it is now commonly found across northern Europe where it is considered an Invasive Species.

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Subject:  Monarch butterfly predator
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 10/30/2017
Time: 06:11 PM EDT
This bug is eating my monarchs.  What kind is it and what can I do to  prevent them attaching my monarchs.
Many thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathryn e

Western Leaf Footed Bug: Monarch predator?????

Dear Kathryn,
We need some clarification.  How do you know these Western Leaf Footed Bugs,
Leptoglossus clypealis, are feeding upon your Monarchs?  Are they feeding on adult Monarchs or Monarch Caterpillars?  Leaf Footed Bugs are not known to be a predatory family.  Furthermore, they would not be feeding upon milkweed which is the only place they would encounter Monarch Caterpillars.  We seriously doubt your claim which is why we would like to know details.  The Western Leaf Footed Bug can be distinguished from other similar looking members of the genus by the presence of a spine on the head known as a tylus, a feature pictured on BugGuide.

Daniel,
First let me thank you for taking the time to help me.  I know you and others volunteer your time for which, I am very grateful.  I am new to studying Monarchs as I have started planting milkweed, caring for eggs, larva, and butterflies, releasing Monarchs here in AZ, and documenting data with the SW Monarch Study for the last two years.  This is my first foray into bug identification and study.
Thank you for letting me know the name of the bug and I am glad to know he is not a predator.  I have an abundance of aphids, Assassin bugs, and green lacewings so there is much going on in the garden.
Thank you so much for volunteering your time, it is truly a gift.
Kathryn Elsaesser

Thanks for responding Kathryn,
If we are understanding your response correctly, you merely suspected this might be a Monarch predator and you have no actual first hand observations of any predation.

Yes, that is correct.

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Subject:  Beetle ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Catskill New York
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Hundreds of these bugs on and around my house. Also finding their way into my house.
Can you tell me what they are ? Are they pests or are they good for my garden ?
Thank you !
How you want your letter signed:  Deb

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Deb,
Though it is a North American species, one can make the argument that the Western Conifer Seed Bug is an invasive species when it is found outside its original range of the Pacific Northwest.  Beginning in the 1960s, there was a noticeable range expansion across much of North America and eventually into Europe, and this range expansion is probably due to human assistance.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs will enter homes when the weather begins to cool, and they probably stowed away in luggage and other items that people took with them when they traveled or relocated.  Though Western Conifer Seed Bugs feed on the seeds of conifers, there is no evidence they harm the trees themselves.

Thanks Daniel,     Cannot believe how many are crawling on my house, trying to get in. Some actually do and eventually die.  Is there any correlation between the enormous number of pine cones this fall and the appearance of theses Conifer Seed Bugs ?
Thanks again !
Deb
Hello again Deb,
Your observation that there is a greater food supply in the form of pine cones is a likely reason there are greater numbers of Western Conifer Seed Bugs this year.
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Subject:  Please identify me 🙂
Geographic location of the bug:  London, UK
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 01:53 AM EDT
Dear Bugman,
I have a lovely bug which I discovered in my study. He was sat at my desk as I was working one evening. He is very sweet with interesting markings. I have looked everywhere for the type of bug he is and the best I can come up with is kissing bug, which seems highly unlikely as I live in London! He is very sweet but have since put him in a breathable container just in case ! I will set him free of course I just didn’t know where to set him free, ie what he eats and so where in my garden perhaps he would be happiest.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you in advance of your help. Alex

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Alex,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and it is an Invasive Exotic species in London.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for replying! That is fascinating.
I will release him to a conifer tree as soon as I am home from work. Thank you for a super fab service !
Poor chap has a damaged leg as one of my cats found him before I did, but he moves almost without disability.
Thank you again,
Alex

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Subject:  A different yucca bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Carrollton GA – 50 mi w of atl
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 10:34 AM EDT
This critter is about an inch long. There is at least on for every blossom on my yucca. Never seen em before. Are they harmful and do I need to do something about them?
I planted this yucca when it was the size of a basketball – now it’s five plants. This is the first year it has had more than one spike. The tallest one came first by a couple of weeks.
How you want your letter signed:  Allen

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Allen,
This is a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus Leptoglossus, and we are pretty certain it is the Eastern Leaf Footed Bug,
Leptoglossus phyllopus, a species that according to BugGuide is:  “polyphagous; most common on thistle in FL, and on Yucca in KS” and “may damage a number of crops (esp. citrus, tomatoes) and ornamentals.”

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