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Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Newton, Ma
Date: 04/09/2021
Time: 12:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, we have found one of these bugs inside the house every few weeks.  Slow moving, sitting on the wall (or today, on the headboard).   We catch and have put outside but would like to know if they are pests or not!
How you want your letter signed:  Bernard

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Bernard,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species native to the Pacific Northwest.  Sometime in the 1960s, perhaps an early indication of global warming or possibly due to increased human travel, the Western Conifer Seed Bug began to expand its range and it is now quite common in the eastern portions of North America.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug seeks shelter indoors to hibernate and most of our requests come from folks like you who find them in the home.

Subject:  Like a wasp in an aquarium
Geographic location of the bug:  Poland
Date: 11/28/2019
Time: 01:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found a bug in my aquarium with fishes. It was flat bug that looked even like it was made of plastic. Is it possible that it was growing in the aquarium?
How you want your letter signed:  Edie

Drowned Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Edie,
This is an invasive Western Conifer Seed Bug and it did not grow in your aquarium.  It must have fallen in and drowned.  This North American species, which is pictured on BugGuide, is invasive in Europe.

Subject:  Strange bug on driveway
Geographic location of the bug:  Highlands of Rep of Panama,Boquete specifically
Date: 09/28/2019
Time: 10:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please look at this and identify him/her. Suggestion given by neighbours is a harlequin bug but I don’t think so, the ‘leaves’ on the legs don’t seem to be on any photos I looked at for Harlequins.
How you want your letter signed:  Carol

Flag Footed Bug

Dear Carol,
This is a Flag Footed Bug, 
Anisocelis flavolineata.  The species is pictured on Project Noah.

Subject:  Bug in vegetable garden
Geographic location of the bug:  Dartmouth, MA
Date: 08/14/2019
Time: 07:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve had a garden for years, but this is the first year that I’m seeing this bug on my plants.  In the picture, it is on a pumpkin vine.  I’ve also seen it on the zucchini plants. It’s white with brown markings.  This one is larger that most I’ve seen, about 1/4 inch.  Any help would be appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Cyndee

Probably Squash Bug Nymph

Dear Cyndee,
This is a True Bug nymph, and immature stages can be very difficult to identify with accuracy.  Furthermore, we believe it is an immature Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae.  It looks similar to both this immature Coreid Bug in the genus
Catorhintha that is pictured on BugGuide as well as this Squash Bug nymph, Anasa tristis, that is pictured on BugGuide.  Of the latter, BugGuide indicates “Hosts: Cucurbitaceae; prefers pumpkin and squash” and “the most injurious coreid in FL.” Its presence on your pumpkin and zucchini is a good indication it is a Squash Bug nymph.

Subject:  Large pink bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Champaign, IL
Date: 08/01/2019
Time: 07:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this large pink bug on the car. It’s about the size of a large wolf spider (just a comparison) and made us think of stink bugs but with it being pink instead of brown we did not know what it was. We just took pictures and left it alone.
How you want your letter signed:  Big pink big

Big Legged Bug nymph

Dear Big pink big,
In a more general sense, this is a Big Legged Bug nymph in the family Coreidae, and of that we are certain.  We are speculating on the genus, but we cannot find visual evidence online.  The closest we could find is of a later instar Big Legged Bug nymph,
Acanthocephala declivis, pictured on BugGuide, but it is not pink.  Many insects are pale in coloration immediately after molting, like this example of a molting Wheel Bug, and we believe your Big Legged Bug is newly molted, which is why it is pink, and it will soon darken to gray.

Big Legged Bug nymph

Subject:  What is living on my marijuana plant?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 07/25/2019
Time: 09:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
In addition to the predatory Green Lynx Spiders and California Mantids I have living on my pot plants, I now found this impressive guy.  So, is this a friend or foe in my garden?  Right after I took the photos, it flew away.
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Leaf Footed Bug: Leptoglossus zonatus

Dear Constant Gardener,
This big True Bug is one of the Leaf Footed Bugs in the genus
Leptoglossus.  Based on BugGuide, where it states “Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive.  Also has a zigzagging white band across the wings (like some other species).  Expansions of the hind tibiae are also much larger and more jagged than most other species.”, it is Leptoglossus zonatus.  This is a plant feeding species, and it has a proboscis designed to pierce the plant and suck its juices.  BugGuide also states:  “Highly polyphagous” which is an indication that if it was on your Cannabis, it was probably feeding.

Leaf Footed Bug? Leptoglossus zonatus