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Subject:  What insect is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Illinois
Date: 08/11/2018
Time: 06:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was  curious as to what these lil guys are. Please help..thank u
How you want your letter signed:  Bugguy

Squash Bug

Dear Bugguy,
This is a Squash Bug, and according to BugGuide:  “Hosts: various cucurbits (members of the squash family), prefers pumpkin and squash” and “
the most injurious coreid in FL causes wilting and blackening of leaves; can transmit cucurbit yellow vine disease.”

Subject:  Robber Fly Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Elkridge, MD
Date: 08/11/2018
Time: 01:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Yesterday, I found a robber fly on the bush outside my house.  I’ve never had the opportunity to see one so close, especially while it had found a meal!  I’ve been trying to identify what species of robber fly this might be.  I think it might be a Red-footed Cannibalfly, but I’m not sure.   I’d love some help confirming the species of both the robber fly and its dinner!  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Renee

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Renee,
We agree that this Robber Fly is a Red Footed Cannibalfly, or at least another member of the genus
Promachus, the Giant Robber Flies.  The prey is a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus Leptoglossus, and the light tips on the antennae lead us to believe it is likely Leptoglossus oppositus which is pictured on BugGuide, or possibly Leptoglossus fulvicornis, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the latter feeds on “Magnolia fruit” and the former “can be very common on catalpa pods” according to BugGuide.  Alas, other diagnostic features for the Leaf Footed Bug are obscured by the Red Footed Cannibalfly.  Do you have either a magnolia or a catalpa nearby or another camera angle that shows more of the Leaf Footed Bug? 

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my email!  Unfortunately, the only other picture I took was not clear.  I know there are Southern Magnolia trees in the neighborhood.  I don’t think I’ve seen any catalpa in the immediate neighborhood, but we do have them here in Maryland as well.  Just a few days after my first sighting of the Red Footed Cannibalfly, one appeared on the edge of my window that I had the chance to watch again!
Thanks again!

Subject:  Mystery Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Endicott NY
Date: 07/23/2018
Time: 10:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve tried looking on a number of websites but I haven’t made any progress. Any ideas? It jumped from somewhere onto my brother-in-law and then it seemed satisfied to be on an exposed root. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Peter Fabian

Big Legged Bug Nymph

Dear Peter,
This is an immature Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and considering your northern location, it is most likely Acanthocephala terminalis. Here is a BugGuide for comparison.

Subject:  Good guy or bad guy?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest Louisiana, USA
Date: 07/20/2018
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this poor thing in our salt water pool. It’s wings are drying out and it’s looking like it will survive the trauma of an overnight swim. We’re a little concerned that it may go on to gorge itself on our vegetables and citrus trees but we have plenty to spare with the big guy.
How you want your letter signed:  Lu

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear Lu,
This is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and we don’t mean to throw a damper on your Bug Humanitarian efforts, but alas, it is a plant feeder.  Like other True Bugs, it has a mouth designed to pierce and suck fluids, but they are not a significant problem in cultivated gardens.

Subject:  Garden Bug or Alien  life form??
Geographic location of the bug:  Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia Canada
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 09:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is in my garden eating my squash and cucumber leaves
How you want your letter signed:  Blech

Squash Bugs

Dear Blech,
These are Squash Bugs in the genus Anasa.  In addition to feeding on squash, according to BugGuide:  “hosts: Cucurbitaceae” which includes the plants you mentioned as well as melons and pumpkins.

Squash Bugs

Subject:  Euthochtha galeator
Geographic location of the bug:  Smyrna, DE
Date: 07/02/2018
Time: 01:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I recently identified some Euthochtha galeator nymphs on my peppermint plant. However, several people are saying they are Assassin Bugs or Kissing Bugs. In the info I have read there is no mention of either of these names. Are they the same bug?
How you want your letter signed:  CPblueslover

Helmeted Squash Bug Nymphs

Dear CPblueslover,
We verified the identity of your Helmeted Squash Bug Nymphs,
Euthochtha galeator, thanks to this BugGuide image, and according to BugGuide:  “Feeds on a variety of wild and cultivated plants.”  Now that we have established an identity, we can dispel the misinformation you have been given.  Your Helmeted Squash Bug nymphs are in the family Coreidae, the Leaf Footed Bugs.  They are not in the Assassin Bug family Reduviidae, nor are they Kissing Bugs which are Assassin Bugs in the subfamily Triatominae.