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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: New York, NY
December 28, 2015 6:44 am
I live in Jamaic Queens, NY and found this on the inside of my screen.
Signature: Not necessary

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

This is a harmless Whitecrossed Seed Bug.

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Subject: Kissing Bug?
Location: North central Ohio
December 27, 2015 7:16 pm
Hello. I have seen several of these bugs in my house and to me from what I could find on the internet it is a “kissing” bug. I’m hoping that it’s not seeing what I have read about them. My brother-in-law looked at the photo too and he seems to think that it isn’t.
If you could help me identify it It would be greatly appreciated!
Signature: Thank you, Pat

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Pat,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, NOT a Kissing Bug.  We have been getting regular requests from folks who are making the same mistake, due in large part to media coverage on Kissing Bugs with misidentifications that is leading to internet hysteria.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is an annoyance when it enters homes to hibernate over the winter, but it poses no threat to people, pets or homes.

 

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Brookings OR
January 3, 2016 3:16 pm
Haven’t seen this bug before.
Signature: John Boye

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear John,
The color and markings on this Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, are quite distinctive.  According to BugGuide, they are found in “Fields, meadows; adults come to light.”

Dan,
Many thanks for taking the time to reply! I’ll look for more info on him via the web.
Best Regards,
John Boye

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Subject: Need to know what kind of bug we have.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
January 4, 2016 5:13 am
We live in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have been getting bites on our arms and seeing these bugs on or bed. We think they are bed bugs but just want to make sure so we can approach it the correct way?
Signature: Curtis

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Curtis,
Regretably, this is a Bed Bug, and as you have learned, they bite people and suck blood, usually while the unsuspecting victim is asleep.

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Subject: Help: flying insect in home
Location: Michigan
January 3, 2016 6:07 pm
Hi bugman,
It is now winter in Michigan and I have killed at least 4 of these flying insects in my home. I live in the suburbs and my family and I cannot fathom what this bug is. We are thinking it is some kind of beetle. Can you help us here?
Signature: Worried homeowner

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug killed after entering home.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug killed after entering home.

The invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is increasing in numbers and spreading across North America since being discovered in Pennsylvania in the late 1990s.  It enters homes when weather cools so that it can hibernate.  This is a serious threat to many commercial crops as well as plants grown in home gardens.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Northern Illinois
December 30, 2015 11:00 pm
I have been seeing these bugs in my house for about the past month. It is December and I live in the northern part of Illinois. I want to identify the bug before I contact my landlord so any help you can give me would be appreciated.
Signature: Kimberly

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Kimberly,
While they are not dangerous to humans, pets or furnishings, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug can be quite a nuisance when they enter homes as the weather cools so that they can hibernate.  This is an invasive, exotic species that was first discovered near Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1998, according to BugGuide.  This non-native species from China is a general feeder, and according to BugGuide:  “Damage reported in the US to apples, pears, peaches, cherries, corn, tomatoes, peppers, soybean, ornamentals…” and “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range; feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to the fruiting structures.”

 

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