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Subject:  Unknown insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Princeton Jct., NJ
Date: 10/16/2021
Time: 05:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On a tomato in my home garden, my photo 10/14/21.
Two stages of same, obviously.
How you want your letter signed:  Jan

Unidentified Leaf Footed Bug nymphs

Dear Jan,
We are relatively certain these are Leaf Footed Bug nymphs in the family Coreidae, but we are having difficulty nailing down the species. 

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate NY
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 05:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These bugs on walls trying to come into the house. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Patrick

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Patrick,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug often enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.

Subject:  Kissing bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Az
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 08:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hundreds in my orange tree
How you want your letter signed:  Bill

Western Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Bill,
These are not Kissing Bugs.  They are Western Leaf Footed Bugs and when they feed on the juices of fruits, they inject an enzyme that makes the fruit unpalatable to humans.

Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 06:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi There- Can you please help us identify this bug? Many thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Tifini Stafford

Big Legged Bug

Dear Tifini,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala.  Based on images and information posted to BugGuide, we believe it is
Acanthocephala declivis

Subject:  One-legged or injured bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra Vista Az
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  9/9/21 About 8 am – this fascinating bug was on a small geranium plant in filtered light. It appears to have one back leg – injured? Moving the plant to brighter light for a better photo caused bug to crawl under a leaf. Back in filtered light it left a ‘deposit’ (poop? eggs?) as it crawled to a higher leaf.
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy and Julia

Giant Agave Bug

Dear Tommy and Julia,
This is a Giant Agave Bug,
Acanthocephala thomasi, and you can compare your image to this image from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have greatly swollen hind femora bearing at least one large spike; females have slender hind femora bearing several small spikes.”  Based on this BugGuide image of a mating pair, we believe your individual is not a female and the deposit on your other image is not an egg.

Subject:  Is this a Mesquite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica
Date: 09/13/2021
Time: 07:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was walking around Cahuita, Costa Rica the other day and found this lovely white bug. I think it’s part of the Mesquite family but I want to know which specifically as I cannot find any photos online with the same colour way or patterns. Thanks
How you want your letter signed: J

True Bug Nymph:  Ouranion species

Dear J,
This is a True Bug nymph and it might be a relative of a Giant Mesquite Bug.  We have several images of this nymph, also from Costa Rica, that were submitted to our site in 2015 that we never conclusively identified.  At that time we speculated they were in the genus
Thasus like the Giant Mesquite Bug.

Hi Daniel!
Thanks for getting back. I have read that post too and my partner also thinks the same but I guess he wasn’t sure or knew it was a nymph. Thanks again!
Kind regards,
John

Update:  Possibly Ouranion species.
Thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who sent a comment that this appears to be a member of the genus
Ouranion.  According to iNaturalist, Ouranion and Thasus are in the same tribe Nematopodini.