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Subject: Friend found a bug
Location: North carolina
May 21, 2016 8:56 pm
Spring time north Carolina friend got bit, she said it burned for a few minutes but now has gone away
Signature: James A Jendrusik

Corsair Nymph

Corsair Nymph

Dear James,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, and we believe it is one of the Corsairs in the subfamily Peiratinae based on this BugGuide image of
Sirthenea carinata, this BugGuide image of a nymph in the genus Rasahus, and most especially, this BugGuide image of Rasahus biguttatus, a species that according to BugGuide is called the Orange Spotted Assassin Bug and which is:  “Ground-loving, frequently found under rocks. Comes to lights.”

Subject: Orange and Red Insects, over a larger insect. Beetles possibly?
Location: Anahuac, Texas
May 21, 2016 8:00 pm
First of all, I discovered your site many years ago and I love it!
Secondly, my sister sent me this photo and I referred her to whatsthatbug.com and she told me to do it because there were too many bugs on your site. LOL
I checked out the bugfinder site and though it listed 43 bugs, none of them seemed even remotely close to these bugs. All I can tell you is she was in her backyard and discovered this on her one of her plants and took a photo. They are orange /red and black insects with spots and there is even a larger bug that is a brownish color, underneath these colorful bugs. It is currently Springtime and the photo was taken on Wesnesday, May 18, 2016 at around noon, in Anahuac, Texas.
What exactly are these bugs and are they harmful to pets or people?
Thanks so much!
Signature: Katrina

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Katrina,
Thanks so much for the compliment, and we agree that upon a first visit to our site, the currently 22,101 postings can appear quite daunting, but knowing a category helps immensely with identification.  These are True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera, and they are Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.  They are all immature specimens.  Adults are winged.  We believe your species is in the genus
Leptoglossus, and your individuals resemble the individual in this BugGuide image, also from Texas, that is identified as Leptoglossus phyllopus.

Thank you so much! I will let my sister know!
Best regards,
Katrina

Subject: red bugs
Location: Gauteng, Kempton Park
May 18, 2016 4:50 am
Hi, we live in Kempton Park and have noticed on our pavement trees these red bugs. Can you please advise what they are and if they are problematic to surrounding areas. They are on the tree trunks and in the grass at the Base of the tree. Thank you.
Signature: Tracy

Cotton Stainers

Cotton Stainers

Dear Tracy,
Judging by the mating pair in the center of your image, there will soon be even more Red Bugs at the base of this tree.  They really are Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and thanks to iSpot, we have identified them as Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus fasciatus. Though they are aggregating on the trees, we do not believe they are damaging the trees.  They may be feeding on the seeds of the trees, like the individuals in this iSpot image.

Thank you for taking the time out to have a look like this.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Edmonds, WA
May 18, 2016 10:33 pm
Hello! This bug was on my exterior kitchen door today (May 18th) in Edmonds, Washington. It was maybe 1/4″ long, if I remember correctly. I tried googling, reverse image searching, asking friends, and using your website, but to no avail. I’d love to know more about it. Thanks for your time! 🙂
Signature: Cat Jackson

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear Cat,
With the strong white background and the graphic, saturated coloration on this Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, your image looks like a professional studio portrait.

That’s it!!! And that was so fast, thank you!!!
FYI I took that photo with my iPhone and a clip-on macro lens that I got in a kit for ~$7. Whitened the background with Facetune. Modern technology is pretty cool. 🙂

For Us, Donald Trump is clumsy and deadly, kind of like a Toe-Biter.  They sound stubborn too.  We can well imagine a predatory, aquatic True Bug being used by a young boy to scare a young girl.  That scenario seems somewhat Trumpian.

Close-Up of a Toe-Biter

If The Donald was a Bug:  Close-Up of a Toe-Biter

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand is much more stealth than she is clumsy, and we would not want to cross her as we imagine her wrath would be unflinching.  Hillary reminds us of a Preying Mantis.  She is deliberate and she is stronger than her mate, who can become a meal, losing his head while copulating, and never losing a beat, so that she would have the energy to raise a brood.  A Preying Mantis can turn its head to look behind it.

If Hillary was a Bug: Mantis Eats Hummer.

If Hillary was a Bug: Mantis Eats Hummer.

For Bernie Sanders, we decided to reference the “Feel the Bern” campaign slogan and we selected the Iron Cross Blister Beetle, which could cause folks to feel the burn if it is carelessly handed.  We found a great image from our archives of an Iron Cross Blister Beetle taking a dip in the swimming pool, but Bernie’s campaign is showing no evidence of cooling off as California’s primary approaches.

Iron Cross Blister Beetle: Feel the Bern

Bernie Sanders:  Cooling Off or still Feeling the Burn???

Origin of this Posting:  May 7, 2016
We thought today while working in the yard how we might anthropomorphize some bugs that remind us of the political candidates, and the first thing that came to mind today for Donald Trump, because of a comment from Roxanne we received, is a Toe-Biter.
  According to Roxanne:  “I have never been bitten. they pinch however, with their big front legs. they are also difficult to remove from clothing, as they are velcro-like. Also difficult to remove from hysterical humans, they have landed on. They are terrible flyers.. bombadiers.”

Comment from a reader
Candidate bugs
June 7, 2016 6:00 am
Loved, loved loved the Candidate comparison. And spot on. Would love to see the rest of the Republican field (pre-primaries).
Signature: Steve

A Reader Makes a Request
Subject: would like to post candidate pics
September 10, 2016 1:19 pm
i have 2 pics i wonder if you would like to post under candidate profiles.
is it it possible to do so?
Signature: susan warner

Hi Susan,
Please create a posting and attach the images.  Use the Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site and we can add your submission to the existing posting.

Subject: Strange little bug
Location: Eastern North Carolina
May 13, 2016 10:02 am
Found these bugs next to front door handle. There were three of them about the size of a tick. Thought at first it was a spider but only six legs. They look like they may have just hatched out cause there are what look like egg sacks next to them. Found them yesterday at about 04:00 PM on a sunny afternoon and the temperature was around 80.
Signature: Brian

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Brian,
These are immature Leaf Footed Bugs, and based on this BugGuide image, we are very confident they are
Acanthocephala terminalis.