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Subject: What is it
Location: Massachusetts
January 28, 2017 7:02 pm
I just can’t find what bug this is,
Signature: Greg

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Greg,
We are having a difficult time believing you found this immature Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala in January in Massachusetts.

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Subject: Pennsylvania bug
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
January 15, 2017 9:33 pm
Washing dishes in my kitchen when this bug buzzed loudly across the room and dive bombed into the water. Water was hot so he didn’t make it. Never saw one before, abdomen has an odd concave shape. Black (or dark brown?) with yellow markings. What is this bug?
Signature: Debbie

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Debbie,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a species native to the Pacific Northwest that greatly expanded its range across North America beginning in the 1960s.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often seek shelter indoors to hibernate when the weather cools, which is probably why you found it in your kitchen.

Thank you so much for your help!  I have been bombarded with “stink bugs” this year more than ever!!!  Asian lady bugs are everywhere as well. They are driving me crazy!!!!  So when this new looking bug landed in my sink, I thought, “Here we go again!”  Thank you for identifying it for me. I refer to your site often!  It’s a fantastic reference!!!
Btw….is there any kind of deterrent for any of the above mentioned bugs?  I do not want to spray to kill, I just wish I could discourage them out of our living space better. Our home is an 1815 farmhouse and we are trying to seal up as much as we can. Any advice would be helpful.
Again, thank you for the ID on the bug. I will continue to reference your very informative site!  Have a great day!

Hi again Debbie,
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles and Western Conifer Seed Bugs are all introduced species in your area, and they probably have no natural enemies, hence their ability to proliferate, and they are most likely here to stay.  Short of sealing your house better, we cannot provide any additional deterrents. 

Thanks very much!  Then we will continue to do that!!  Again, j appreciate your help and will continue to enjoy your site!!!

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Subject: Weird insect infestation on one of my trees!
Location: Sandton, johannesburg
January 12, 2017 10:07 am
Hi there, one of my small trees in my garden is suddenly covered in millions of black insects varying in size from quite large ( about the size of a cricket) to really small. They appear to have hatched from a muddy nest in the bottom of my bird bath which sits under the tree.
They are really quite scary looking and there are literally hundreds of them just sitting on the branches all of the tree- just need to know if they are in any way dangerous ( to my children or the tree😭)
Signature: Jen

Immature Tip Wilter

Dear Jen,
It seems you have multiple different instars or stages of Tip Wilters, True Bugs in the family Coreidae, most likely 
Carlisis wahlbergi based on research we have done in the past.  As their name implies, Tip Wilters cause worts to wilt after the insects use their piercing mouthparts to suck the fluids from the plants upon which they are feeding.  While it is possible that a large Tip Wilter might bite a child if it is carelessly handled, they are not considered dangerous.  The damage they do to the plants is another story, and large quantities of Tip Wilters, which you seem to have, may stunt the growth of your plants.

Immature Tip Wilters

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Subject: Large beautiful insect
Location: Smyrna (North Georgia)
January 5, 2017 4:33 pm
Hello Bugman,
This is a terrific site and already my husband and I have learned some very interesting things! The picture I am sending you is of a very large bug (3″ in length) that flew onto the side mirror of my neighbor’s car. It was a medium gray color with brown undertones and some reddish markings (eyes, on back. Etc) it was slow flying and seemed cumbersome. The picture was taken this past November here in Smyrna (North Georgia). I observed thd bug for several minutes, fascinated and took video footage that is about 30 seconds. I have done a bit of research amd guessed it was some species of Leaf Footed Bug, but would love to hear what an expert has to say. Thank you very much!
Signature: J. langham

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear J. Iangham,
You are correct that this is a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae, and more specifically it is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, probably Acanthocephala terminalis which is described on BugGuide as:  “Apical segment of antenna orange or yellowish, contrasting sharply with the dark segments 1-3; metatibial flange wavy-margined, narrowing distally and extending only two-thirds the length of the tibia; pronotum covered with golden hairs and with small but distinct tubercles; abdomen sinuate in outline, the sides of the abdomen bulging outward beyond the wings when viewed from above. “

Thank you very much Bugman! It’s great to know the identity of our visitor and my husband and I appreciate your time!


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Subject: WTB
Location: Johannesburg
December 8, 2016 9:06 am
ref photo, Taken by me, Johannesburg, Dec 8th near the airport. The closest thing I could find was the Helmeted Squash bug. But I dont think its that. African derivative ? It does stink, when disturbed,
and does have offspring as per pic, plenty of. Please could you let me know what this is ?
Signature: Gary

Hi, I found it
Carlisis Wahlbergi, or giant twig wilter, apparently you guys had already ID’d this in 2010. Thx G

Tip Wilters: Adults and First Instar

Tip Wilters: Adults and First Instar

Dear Gary,
We are happy you located the Giant Tip Wilter on our site.  Your image is awesome.  It pictures two winged imagos, the adult form, and what we believe is a first instar nymph recently hatched.  Since we will be away from the office during the holidays, we are postdating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the month.

Update:  January 6, 2017
Hi Daniel
Thank you for putting the pic on the web site.
I have two more , as attached, for your perusal.

Tip Wilter Nymphs

Happy New Year Gary,
Your new images are quite nice.  We especially like the image of the newly metamorphosed red nymph whose color should soon darken.

Tip Wilter Metamorphosis

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Portland, Oregon
December 18, 2016 11:32 pm
I saw this sucker walking up a door frame. When I attempted to catch it it flew away. Wondering if maybe it was hiding in the doug fur Christmas tree we brought home yesterday ?
Signature: Jason

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Jason,
Western Conifer Seed Bugs are notorious for entering homes when the weather cools to hibernate, but according to BugGuide, they feed on “sap from green cones, twigs, seed pulp, and sometimes needles of Pinaceae (pines, hemlock, spruce, Douglas-fir)” so it might have gained access to your home on the tree as well.

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