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Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Texas
Date: 06/03/2018
Time: 04:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Vickie Couch

Giant Agave Bug

Dear Vickie,
This is a Giant Agave Bug,
Acanthocephala thomasi, which you can verify by viewing this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  What’s this guy called?
Geographic location of the bug:  Driftwood, TX
Date: 05/11/2018
Time: 10:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello 🙂 We round this guy in the kitchen on May 10 (and took him outside before snapping a photo). What is he?  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

This is a recently hatched Leaf Footed Bug nymph in the genus Acanthocephala.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

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Subject:  some sort of cactus bug
Geographic location of the bug:  south central texas
Date: 05/06/2018
Time: 05:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  i am familiar with cochineal scale, however these guys are also on spineless cactus…every year…and i have yet to identify them, perhaps they are instars…they do not seem to do a great deal of harm and seem shy and perhaps they do not sting or bite.  i admit to laziness about going through thousands of bug pictures on the off-hand chance i land upon them.  thanks for your time and trouble…seriously apprecate your site.
How you want your letter signed:  victoria

Cactus Coreid

Dear Victoria,
These are multiple instars or developmental stages of immature Cactus Coreids,
Chelinidea vittiger, which are pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “First eggs of the season are deposited in March, longitudinally on the underside of prickly pear spines. The egg laying period in each generation extends over two to three months, the rate of nymphal development varies considerably, and adults are long lived (nine to 12 months).” 

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brasilito, Guanacaste Costa Rica
Date: 04/29/2018
Time: 12:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hola! I see some weird bugs here daily. But this was a first. He was on the drivers side window of my car and about 1 – 1 1/2” long. My friend said it was a stink bug, but I can’t find an image online that matches it.
How you want your letter signed:  Sandra

Big Legged Bug

Dear Sandra,
This looks to us like a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  They are in the same order as Stink Bugs, but in a different family.

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Subject:  What are these Assassin Bug nymphs doing?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 04/20/2018
Time: 04:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  That’s definitive, but what are they doing rolling around those sacks, and some of the sacks have been hung up?
Thanks for identifying.
How do you want your letter signed:  Mel Frank

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs with “Pod”

Ed. Note:  We met recently with noted author Mel Frank (see Amazon) and we correctly identified what he thought were Assassin Bug nymphs found on Cannabis as Leaf Footed Bug nymphs, probably in the genus Leptoglossus, based on BugGuide images as well as images from our own archives, and he wrote back wondering about this unusual activity.

“Pods” hung by immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Hi again Mel,
As we stated earlier, these Leaf Footed Bug nymphs are phytophagous, meaning they feed on plants.  Like other members of the True Bug suborder Heteroptera, they have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids, and members of this genus are frequently found on plants like tomatoes, pomegranate and citrus, and they damage fruit.  BugGuide notes:  “some are extremely polyphagous” indicating that they will feed from many types of plants.  Some typically plant feeding True Bugs are known to feed on dead and dying insects, including members of their own species, but that is opportunistic behavior and not true predatory behavior.  What you witnessed and observed over time, the nymphs “rolling around those sacks” and then hanging them up, sounds like the behavior of a predator storing food the way spiders wrap up prey with silk.  We wonder, perhaps, if while feeding by sucking the fluids from your
Cannabis, these Leaf Footed Bugs ingested cannabinoids resulting in altered “mindbending” behavior similar to experiments on a Spider’s ability to spin a web after exposure to drugs (see Priceonomics).  We have not clue at this time exactly what is in that sack these nymphs were rolling around, or why they were rolling them around and hanging them up.  It is a mystery.  We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he knows anything about this type of behavior in Leaf Footed Bugs from the family Coreidae.  We can’t help but be reminded of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and the aliens using pods to generate simulacra of humans. 

Update April 25, 2018:  Eric Eaton provides information.
Daniel:
So the plant they are on is marijuana?  In any event, yes, these are Leptoglossus nymphs, which typically feed on seeds or seed pods, and that is what the “sacs” are.  I’m a bit perplexed by the “webbing” around them.  The nymphs may be maneuvering the seeds to find a good place to pierce them so they can suck out the juicy contents.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

The mystery is the sacs. The only plant nearby was the pomegranate tree with lots of pomegranates. Also, some of the sacs have been hung.
Thanks for clearing this up.

Pomegranate is one of the primary host plants for Leaf Footed Bugs in the Los Angeles area.  You frequently find numerous individuals feeding on a single pomegranate.  The “sacs” look somewhat like unripe pomegranate seeds.
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Subject:  African Warrior Mask Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: 02/23/2018
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman, this is my 3rd bug I’ve submitted!
This one is from a friend that lives in Guadalajara.
She sent it to me to get more info.
Have at it!
Thanx!
How you want your letter signed:  Mike Coniglio

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Dear Mike,
This is the nymph of a Giant Mesquite Bug in the genus
Thasus.  Based on iNaturalist, we believe your individual is Thasus gigas, and iNaturalist indicates the Spanish name is Chinche gigante xamuis.

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