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Subject: pool invaders
Location: San Diego California 92117
April 27, 2016 4:03 pm
These abundant lil bugs showed up in our pool yesterday. What are they?
Signature: swarmed swimmer

Seed Bugs, we believe

Seed Bugs, we believe

Dear swarmed swimmer,
We are not able to provide a definitive species identification at this time, but in our opinion these are either Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae (see BugGuide) or Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae (also see BugGuide).  There are species in both families that periodically have tremendous population explosions when conditions are right.  They look very much like the Seed Bugs that infested Burning Man that are profiled on Gizmodo.

Subject: What is this
Location: Hillsdale, Michigan
April 25, 2016 5:42 am
This bug was crawling in my sons college house in southern central Michigan – approximately 15 miles from the Ohio line. Can you identify it?
Signature: Mama Chase

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Mama Chase,
This Western Conifer Seed Bug probably sought shelter indoors when the weather cooled to hibernate, which is why they are frequently found in homes and other buildings.  This is a harmless species.

Subject: Big Black Flying Bug
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
April 25, 2016 6:36 am
Hi,
Found this guy yesterday eyeing me from the roof.
It’s springtime in Rolla, Missouri and all the bugs are happy.
He’s about an inch and a half long, looks all black, and must have good eyesight because he was looking at me. I thought he was a stink bug at first, but his body is round. He has a hump on his back, so maybe a relative of the whirligig beetle?
Signature: Bob in Rolla

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear Bob,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  They are Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, and they are in the same suborder as Stink Bugs, hence the resemblance.

Subject: Assassin nymph eating fly
Location: Amarillo, TX
April 24, 2016 7:05 am
Hey bugman!
I spotted a tiny assassin bug carrying a house fly around in our yard yesterday and wanted to share. Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!
Signature: Brittani Hinders

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Dear Brittani,
We believe that based on this BugGuide image, your Assassin Bug nymph is
Zelus luridus.

Subject: id this guy, please
Location: lago atitlan, solola, guatemala
April 21, 2016 8:28 am
hello – i saw this bug on my porch at lago atitlan, solola, guatemala please help me with the name. thanks!
Signature: dale

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Dear Dale,
This colorful critter is a  Giant Mesquite Bug nymph
,Thasus neocalifornicus.  Here is an image on BugGuide for verification.  Immature Giant Mesquite Bugs often form large aggregations on the food plant. 

Subject: More kissing bugs?
Location: Pennsylvania
April 20, 2016 11:11 am
Hi,
I sent a photo earlier today of a bug to see if it was a kissing bug. Here are a couple more photos. There are dozens of these guys all around my house. If you could help me identify them I would appreciate it. I’m terrified that they are deadly kissing bugs!
There are a bunch of these on the screens outside my house. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I have occasionally found them inside. Some are bigger without the red markings, but up too high so I can’t get a good photo. If it is a kissing bug, how worried should I be. And how should I get rid of them? Thanks!
Thanks for your help!
Signature: Michelle

Mating Boxelder Bugs

Mating Boxelder Bugs

Dear Michelle,
You have nothing to fear from these mating Eastern Boxelder Bugs.  They are harmless, though they can pose a considerable nuisance when they form large aggregations on exterior walls of homes.  They tend to favor walls with light colors and sunny exposures, exactly like those in your image.  You may or may not be amused that Eastern Boxelder Bugs are also known as Democrat Bugs because of the large aggregations they form.  Seems they are making a timely appearance with your Pennsylvania primary election occurring next week.

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you getting back to me!