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Subject:  Bug found in pumpkin patch
Geographic location of the bug:  Petaluma, CA
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 07:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were in a local pumpkin patch when my daughter turned a pumpkin over and found this bug scurrying away. We found several others during our time there. They were about 1/2 – 3/4 inch long. A bug app I use identified it as possibly a blood-sucking conenose or a Spartocera fusca. I would love your thoughts!
How you want your letter signed:  Rose

Immature Western Corsair Bug OR

Dear Rose,
While this is an Assassin Bug, it is not a Blood Sucking Conenose Bug, AKA Kissing Bug, which spreads Chagas Disease.  Your individual is an immature Western Corsair Bug,
Rasahus thoracicus, which we verified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, some females are wingless:  “Some brachypterous females in the guide may have been listed as immatures. It is hard to tell the difference. Nymph’s wing pads have a broader base. ‘Microwings’ of adult females are hinged, like full-sized wings.”  While they are not considered dangerous, Corsair Bugs might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

Or possibly brachypterous female Western Corsair Bug

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Maine
Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 08:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Early October evening
How you want your letter signed:  Bobcat

Toe-Biter

Dear Bobcat,
The Toe-Biter is a predatory aquatic True Bug that can also fly.  It is not a Beetle.

Subject:  Is this a kissing bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Northfield, Minnesota
Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 04:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This particular one has been infesting and appearing all across my campus – I wanted to confirm any possibility that it is a kissing bug or some invasive species.
How you want your letter signed:  To: Alexander

Eastern Boxelder Bug

Dear Alexander,
This is not a Kissing Bug or Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug, the insect that spreads Chagas Disease.  This is an Eastern Boxelder Bug which you can verify by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  Kissing Bugs and Boxelder Bugs share some physical features which is why they are classified together in the insect order Hymenoptera.  Eastern Boxelder Bugs do not suck blood and they are not dangerous, but they are sometimes considered a nuisance when they form large aggregations on homes and in yards.

Subject:  Wheel Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Cut N Shoot Texas
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 03:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This wheel bug mating was found on my back porch. Did not know what they were until I found your site. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Mating Wheel Bugs

We must thank you for cheering us up with your kind letter, and also because though we do not believe your image documents typical Wheel Bug mating, we are nonetheless thrilled to post it.  Probably the greatest reason your letter cheered us is that we just made a Wheel Bug posting Bug of the Month for October, but there is no reason we cannot add a second Bug of the Month posting for October, but with a more positive outcome for the Wheel Bugs.

Thank you, that was a strange bug!! And its not typical? I don’t know much about bugs, lol. However i did see one more picture of that bug with two of them on its back and it was called something like a mating frenzy haha.

Subject:  Bug on Cannabis
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 02:19 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
While inspecting my maturing marijuana buds in anticipation of harvest, I noticed this solitary insect on one of my bugs.  Can you identify it for me?
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Lace Bug

Dear Constant Gardener,
This is a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae, and according to BugGuide:  “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.”  We did find a posting on Invasive.org of a Lace Bug and eggs on marijuana, and it contains the caption:  “Adult lace bug and eggs on the underside of a hemp leaf. Note: The nymphs failed to establish on the plant. ”  The University of California Pest Management System does not mention
Cannabis as a host plant.

Subject:  Weird beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Georgia
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 04:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these weird bugs all over my rose of Sharon tree in clusters on the buds that never opened. What are they?
How you want your letter signed:  Jms

Scentless Plant Bugs: Niesthrea louisianica

Dear Jms,
These are not Beetles.  They are Scentless Plant Bugs,
Niesthrea louisianica, and all of our reports are on Rose of Sharon.