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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

Subject:  Need help identifying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 06/20/2019
Time: 10:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect on my car and i have no idea what kind it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Ginellie

Big Legged Bug Nymph

Dear Ginellie,
This is an immature True Bug in the family Coreidae, commonly called the Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs.  Based on this BugGuide image, we believe it is a first instar Big Legged Bug nymph in the genus
Acanthocephala, meaning that it has just recently hatched.  Later instar nymphs turn bluish-gray.

Subject:  Kissing Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Honduras
Date: 06/13/2019
Time: 12:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have tried to identify this insect, most of the evidence suggests its some kind of Triatoma, but its hind legs are very thick.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr tropics

Big Legged Bug

Dear Mr tropics,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, probably in the genus Acanthocephala, not a Kissing Bug.  The Big Legged Bug poses no threat to humans.

Subject:  The big black nuisance
Geographic location of the bug:  Monroe NC
Date: 05/28/2019
Time: 12:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I keep finding these guys around my back deck. What are they and are they something I have to worry about with my dogs?
How you want your letter signed:  Roger G.

Big Legged Bug

Dear Roger,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and we just finished posting an image of an immature Big Legged Bug.  Big Legged Bugs will not harm your dogs.

Subject:  WTB IS IT???!!!
Geographic location of the bug:  Pearsall, Texas
Date: 05/29/2019
Time: 07:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Greetings Bugman,
WTB IS THAT ??!!!
Was my similar response by 1 letter.
A friend of mine from where I now reside in California is now in Texas.
He took this photo 5/24/2019 in Pearsall, Texas.
I grew up in Texas and in true tomboy form was an avid “bug collector”.
Many years and in all seasons were spent combing through the grass, foilage, and dirt.
Untold hours were spent in trees, creekside, streamside, in barns, sheds, fields, etc..etc…
I also bug watched in New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennesee, Florida, and finally the California deserts.
I have gotten up close and personal with huge grasshoppers, gargantuan centipedes, massive black scorpions, and black widow spiders, tarantulas (and had a pet one later), made buddies with a wolf spider have been buds with several manti, a walking stick, a few crickets too and even a very special sun spider that bypassed my rare fear of an insect.
I like insects as I do animals, birds, reptiles.
I have never seen a bug like this one in Texas or anywhere else.
Can you educate me in this one?
He is a handsome fellow (or felicia) in warrior’s armor to boot even if pre steel.
I applaud your stand on extermination.
I often say; “even cockroaches are simply trying to clean up OUR mess so who is actually disgusting?
Many thanks to you.
How you want your letter signed:  Amie Friederich

Immature Big Legged Bug

Dear Amie,
Thank you for your highly entertaining submission.  This is an immature Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and you can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  Adult Big Legged Bugs grow quite large.  This genus is not reported from California.