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Subject: Red insect from Sarawak, Borneo.
Location: Sarawak, Borneo
February 17, 2016 11:19 pm
Hey guys,
So I was wanting to find out what this insect was called. Spotted him in Mulu NP in Sarawak.
Cheers
Signature: Catherine

Immature True Bug

Immature True Bug

Dear Catherine,
This is an immature True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera.  We will attempt to make a more specific identification, however immature nymphs can be difficult to identify.

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Subject: Is it a water scorpion?
Location: Sunshine Coast Queensland
February 19, 2016 5:24 am
Hello
So my Kindergarten group and I have decided to embark on an investigation of various bugs and insects I our area. One of the little cherubs have brought this one inand want to make it our class pet. Can you please identify it for me and give us some information that I can follow up on with them. Most importantly, where’s the best place for me to now release it?
Signature: Bugman

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Though it is not a Water Scorpion, your Giant Water Bug, like a Water Scorpion, is an aquatic, predatory True Bug.  According to the Australian Museum:  “These bugs are formidable underwater predators. When hunting, Giant Water Bugs breathe using a syphon at their rear end which acts like a snorkel.”  Since they are aquatic, the best place to release it is a clean body of fresh water like a lake or pond.  You can also request that your “little cherub” return it back to from whence it came when it comes time to release your pet.  While it is a pet, you should keep it in a covered aquarium as it can fly.  Since it is a predator, it will need live food.  Though they would not normally comprise its aquatic prey, it will most likely feed on crickets from the pet store.

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Subject: Identify this insect
Location: Gunacaste. Costa Rica
February 16, 2016 2:43 pm
I found 2 of these in a pool in Costa Rica
Signature: Gary C

Water Scorpion

Water Scorpion

Dear Gary,
Because of its reported painful bite, the aquatic, predator you discovered is known as a Water Scorpion.  Water Scorpions stalk prey by crawling through aquatic plants, and adults are capable of flying, meaning they can seek a new pond if one dries out.

Thank you
I will let the locals know as they had no idea when the guy picked it up it stung him with the tail.
Gary c

Water Scorpions do NOT sting.  They bite with a piercing mouth designed to suck fluids from the body of prey.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is actually a breathing tube that acts kind of like a snorkel.

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Northern Tanzania
February 13, 2016 11:51 pm
Seen in the pare mountains in northern Tanzania , was dripping liquid from its behind
Signature: David

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Dear David,
This identification presented quite a challenge for us, and though we have not found anything conclusive, we are deducing its identity based on what we have been able to uncover on the internet.  These are immature True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera, and they really remind us of immature Giant Mesquite Bugs found in North America because of both their bright colors and habit of remaining in aggregations.  In beginning our search, we did not want to leave out the possibility of your individuals being members of the superfamily Pentatomoidea that includes Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs.  Our first visual match is of a drawing we found on Etsy that is identified as
Piezosternum subulatum and the site indicates that the art print “Ships worldwide from Puerto Rico.”  We found a very good likeness to Piezosternum subulatum on FlickR, but it also seems to originate from Puerto Rico.  We decided to research any relatives found in Africa, and on the French site Heteroptera, we found six members of the genus listed, three from Central and South America and three from Africa and Madagascar.  We also learned that the genus is classified in the family Tessaratomidae, commonly called Giant Shield Bugs or Giant Stink Bugs.  Piezosternum fallax is listed from the countries “Cameroon, Central African Rep., Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Zaire” so that seemed like a good possibility, but alas, Heteroptera only pictures the adults and your individuals are nymphs.  It should be noted that many immature Heteropterans are brightly colored, but upon growing wings when they mature, the wings hide the bright colors of the body.  We have not had any luck locating any images on nymphs in the genus Piezosternum from Africa to verify if our suspicions are correct so we eagerly welcome input from our readership to solve this query with visual evidence.

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Giant Shield Bug Nymphs

Hey Daniel, thanks so much , that’s was so thorough and educational and overall interesting . I hope you guys enjoyed seeing the pxutures as well though they don’t do the little guys justice in the least bit . Keep me updated as more information possibly becomes available , I live in a pretty remote area and near some understudied old growth forest so you never know what I’ll run into around here ! I appreciate the help and look forward to sending stuff your way in the future . If anything is ever undataloged would be happy to share the credit . Best wishes and have a great day !

We really look forward to getting additional submissions from you David.  It is marvelous that some old growth forest is being preserved as open space in Tanzania.

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Subject: bug ID
Location: Uganda
February 12, 2016 9:42 am
Hi,
I found these two on a carcass of a zebra in Ugnada, Africa. Time of year was August. Any ideas what these might be?
Thanks,
Signature: Gideon

Unknown Stink or Shield Bugs

Shield Bugs

Dear Gideon,
We are having a difficult time finding any matching images of your True Bugs which are in the superfamily Pentatomoidea, which includes Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs.  They are not pictured on Some Kenyan Hemiptera and Homoptera, and we could not find them on iSpot.

Update
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we have matching images from Alamy indicating this is
Solenosthedium liligerum.  There are also several images on iSpot.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Vermont
February 8, 2016 2:40 pm
Brownish red with white marking on back, 6 legs and feelers
Signature: H

Western Conifer Seed Bug on TV

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear H,
We are very amused that you have taken an image of this Western Conifer Seed Bug from the monitor screen.

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