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Subject:  Unidentified bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Pinellas Park, Florida
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 09:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these on one plant in my garden, congregating as you see them in the photos. We had a torrential rainstorm, and they were still there the next day. I’m curious as to what they are.
How you want your letter signed:  Susan Heidicker Brown

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs: Spartocera fusca

Dear Susan,
These are immature Leaf Footed Bugs with no specific common name.  They are known only by the scientific name
Spartocera fusca.  We have but a single other posting of this species on our site, and that one was submitted 13 years ago.  Your submission is a catalyst for us to update that posting as it appears that the site where we originally identified it, BugGuide, no longer recognizes the name we researched in 2006, Corecoris fuscus, however, the comments dating back to 2005 use that original name.  Furthermore, our identification in 2006 was speculative as there were only images of adults pictured on BugGuide at that time, and our previous posting, like your submission, is of immature insects.  Your images are especially valuable to us as they depict several different instars representing the growth and changes the nymphs undergo as they approach maturity.  According to BugGuide:  “Breeds on Solanum americanum and other plants. Early instar nymphs are gregarious.

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs: Spartocera fusca

Subject:  What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bridgewater, NJ
Date: 05/11/2019
Time: 06:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
This one landed on the hood of the car as I was parking. I have never seen one of these around here. Do you know what it is? I looked around the site but didn’t find a match.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you, Brian

Big Legged Bug

Dear Brian,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  Considering your location, it must be Acanthocephala terminalis, which ranges from Canada to Florida according to BugGuide.

Subject: red ant like bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Waxhaw NC
Date: 05/09/2019
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: these guys were on my screen about 5.5 feet up on a deck.I’ve never seen anything like them and the segmented strand looks like what they may have hatched from?
How you want your letter signed : Kathy

Hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Kathy,
These are hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs from the family Coreidae.

Subject:  OMG!
Geographic location of the bug:  Birmingham Alabama
Date: 05/08/2019
Time: 07:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this bug??
How you want your letter signed:  Shelle

Big Legged Bug

Dear Shelle,
This is a harmless Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.

Subject:  Mexican beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cima de Tepozteco
Date: 04/19/2019
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looking to identify this photographed by a friend. Apparently known as escarabajo but I’m guessing that’s a generic name for several beetles.
How you want your letter signed:  Cliff

Giant Mexquite Bug nymph

Dear Cliff,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Giant Mesquite Bug nymph, and they are frequently found feeding in groups.

Hi Daniel
Thank you very much for your prompt reply and identification. Please excuse my basic ignorance of what is a beetle or not.
A friend of mine took that photo, and from a British perspective, it looks very unusual. Several of us will be glad to know.
Best wishes
Cliff

No problem Cliff.  That is why we are still here after 17 years.

Subject:  Insects
Geographic location of the bug:  Mexico, Yucatan peninsula,
Date: 03/28/2019
Time: 08:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this group of insects all huddled up together on a branch in early February this year while on vacation in Mexico.  I have no idea what they are but I was fascinated by them.  I also wondered why they were all together like this.
Thanks a lot.
How you want your letter signed:  Paul

Giant Mesquite Bugs

Dear Paul,
These are Giant Mesquite Bug nymphs in the genus
Thasus.