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Subject: bugs in my house
Location: Ontario
July 22, 2017 11:35 pm
over the last few days there have been multiple occurrences of these black/dark brown bugs in my home. I have seen one near the bathroom on two separate occasions, and tonight one flew into a table lamp in the living room. I have just been catching them and letting them loose outside, but my girlfriend is worried they may be cockroaches, although I don’t think they are. I am concerned bc our cats are trying to eat them, so I would like to make sure they aren’t any danger to them.
Signature: madelynn

Masked Hunter

Dear Madelynn,
This is a Masked Hunter, a predatory Assassin Bug that has adapted to living with humans.  The immature Masked Hunters have a sticky exoskeleton that attracts debris, effectively masking the insect so it is camouflaged in its environment.  Handle Masked Hunters with caution.  They might bite.

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Subject: Bug we found on our tile floor
Location: Columbus, Ohio
July 22, 2017 2:56 pm
We have discovered a few of these over the last couple days on our tile floor. I had carpet beetles in a previous home, it doesn’t look like that. Any advice would be great, thank you!
Signature: Mark

Immature Burrowing Bug

Dear Mark,
At first we thought this was a Cockroach nymph, but upon lightening your image, we realized we were looking at a True Bug nymph.  We are relatively confident we have identified it as an immature Burrowing Bug in the family Cydnidae thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “body usually ovoid, heavily sclerotized, dark, legs often spiny” and  “take liquid from the phloem vessels, unlike other heteropterans and often feed on roots.”  The real mystery for us concerns why the are in you home.  Is your tile floor in a basement?  Was there any recent excavation nearby?  We are confident they will not harm your home and that they are accidental intruders rather than infesting species.

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Subject: aquatic insect
Location: No. Yuba River, Sierra County, California
July 21, 2017 10:27 pm
Hi there!
I saw these bugs on top of the river water in a slow side pool. They were skating around like crazy! Looked like there were 100’s of them. I photographed them yesterday on the North Yuba River, in Sierra County , Ca , near the town of Goodyear’s Bar. They are about the size of a small freckle! What the heck are they? Any info would be a great help! Thanks
Signature: Katie O’

Water Striders

Dear Katie O’,
These are Water Striders in the family Gerridae, and according to BugGuide, they are found on the:  “surface of ponds and slow-moving streams/rivers.”  Your individuals appear to be immature nymphs.  Water Striders feed on small insects that fall onto the surface of the water.

Water Striders

Hi Daniel!
Thank you so much for ID-ing those crazy bugs!  The mystery is solved!  Water Strider nymphs!  I never would have figured that out on my own!  Thank you so much for your help!
Katie O’
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Subject: Bee eating Bug!
Location: Ogden Utah
July 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Hi! My friend in Ogden, Ut found this wee monster making a meal of her bees.
We can’t find a similar looking critter anywhere on Google, so I realize it could be a juvenile of some species or other, but…we’re stymied.
Signature: Philina

Bee Assassin: Apiomerus montanus

Dear Philina,
This is an Assassin Bug in the genus
Apiomerus, a group commonly called the Bee Assassins.  We are relatively confident your individual is Apiomeris montanus based on this BugGuide image.  Is Ogden at a high elevation?  The habitat, according to BugGuide is:  “Mountainous regions. Collected from 1075-2896 meters. “

Daniel, thank you! Ogden is at about 4800 feet, and right up in the foothills. So yeah, mountainous is a good word.
Any suggestions for my friends whose apiary is under attack?
Natural repellents?
Thank you!

Sorry Philina, we do not offer extermination advice.

Oh, she doesn’t want to exterminate them, just keep them away from her hives. I was thinking more like, if she sprinkled cayenne pepper around the hives, they don’t like it and won’t come by it, sort of ideas. But now that i read they can fly that’s not really useful anyway.
Thanks for the help in identifying it though. We were all making good guesses, but couldn’t find any matching pictures.

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Subject: Baby flying bug
Location: Clarksburg, WV
July 19, 2017 1:20 am
I found this bug flying up on my ceiling and would like to know what this is.
Signature: Heather

Long-Necked Seed Bug

Dear Heather,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident this is a Long-Necked Seed Bug,
Myodocha serripes.  According to BugGuide, it feeds on:  “Seeds of strawberry and St. John’s wort. Sometimes a pest of strawberries.”

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Subject: Mating Leptoglossus phyllopus
Location: High Point, N.C.
July 16, 2017 6:35 pm
Thought you might could add this to the Bug Love section, if you still have it. I couldn’t find it while on the site on my mobile phone. Plant: Platycodon grandiflorus
Signature: Susan Coe

Mating Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Susan,
Thanks for sending in your image of mating Leaf Footed Bugs.  Our Bug Love tag is still going strong.

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