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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.

Subject:  Weirdest Ant I’ve Seen
Geographic location of the bu:  Tennessee
Date: 01/21/2019
Time: 10:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My brother-in-law in Tennessee asked me to ID this insect for him, but my knowledge of entomology is largely restricted to what’s native to California.  My internet searches have been fruitless thus far.  Can you help?  Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Jessilu

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Jessilu,
This is not an Ant, hence your difficulty determining an identification.  This is an immature True Bug, probably a Leaf Footed Bug nymph from the genus
Leptoglossus based on this BugGuide image.

Subject:  Borer beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle, WA
Date: 01/19/2019
Time: 07:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I’ve never seen this type of beetle before (I’ve been organic gardening for 10 yrs). It looks like some sort of borer beetle, but I’m having trouble identifying it. Could you help?
Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed:  Rebecca

Western Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Rebecca,
This is not a Borer Beetle.  It is a True Bug, more specifically, a Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a species native to Seattle and other portions of the Pacific Northwest, though very few reports of this species actually come to us from your part of the country because beginning in the 1960s, the range of the Western Conifer Seed Bug was greatly expanded.  The species is now found over much of North America and beginning in the early 2000s, it was reported from Europe where it is considered an invasive exotic species.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes to hibernate.

Subject:  Bug on car
Geographic location of the bug:  Hawaii
Date: 01/14/2019
Time: 09:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this hanging on the car. Pretty creepy. Is it dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Hawaii bug

Big Legged Bug

This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, and we believe it is in the genus Acanthocephala, but BugGuide does not report any sightings from Hawaii.  We are trying to verify the presence of this genus in Hawaii.  The similar looking Sweet Potato Bug, Physomerus grossipes, is reported from Hawaii according to Graham’s Island where it states it:  “is a fairly recent introduction to Hawaii, most likely sneaking in on an imported plant.”

Supercool! Thank you!
Mahalo,
Eryn

Subject:  Not sure what this bug is…
Geographic location of the bug:  Kennesaw, GA
Date: 12/26/2018
Your letter to the bugman:  Not super urgent, but was working on a roof and this guy came crawling around the corner. He’s missing a leg. The lighter is for scale. Its a standard size Bic.
How you want your letter signed:  Solar electrician

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear Solar electrician,
This is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tacoma washington
Date: 12/17/2018
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve found this in my kitchen. What is It? It was quite large, with wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Daniele

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Daniele,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug you encountered is native to the Pacific Northwest, but beginning in the 1960s, it began to expand its range eastward, most likely due to increased human travel including airline travel.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often seek shelter indoors to hibernate when weather cools, and this phenomenon is quite marked in its expanded range of eastern Canada and U.S., and because of its hibernation habits, we suspect it was able to stow away in luggage and other items involved in human travel.  Beginning in the third millennium, Western Conifer Seed Bugs were introduced to Europe.  Outside of its Pacific Northwest origin, it is considered an invasive species.