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Subject: Madagscar Beetle/Bug sp. 2
Location: Isalo NP, Madagascar
March 10, 2013 5:26 pm
Hi,
here is another beetle that I can’t ID. I hope you can help me. I think it was some 2 cm long.
Signature: Kristian

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Hi Again Kristian,
This is not a beetle.  It is a True Bug and we believe it is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae.  We found two matching images online that agree it is
Agaeus bicolor, however, we cannot substantiate that identification with any credible websites.  The matching images we found are on Dijitalimaj and Jungle Dragon and both list the location as Madagascar as well.

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Subject: What kind of bug?
Location: Illinois
March 10, 2013 3:22 am
These bugs are overwhelming us. What can we do to get rid of them? Seem to be attracted to wood.
Signature: Sandy Berg

Eastern Boxelder Bug

Eastern Boxelder Bug

Dear Sandy,
Eastern Boxelder Bugs or Democrat Bugs,
Boisea trivittata, often enter homes in great numbers to hibernate.  The best way to safeguard against this is to weatherproof your home and eliminate any small cracks and gaps where they can gain entry.

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Subject: A grasshopper mated with a stink bug?
Location: Pittsburgh, pa
March 9, 2013 7:19 pm
Found this big in my bathroom and I’m curious what it is because I’ve never seen it before.
Signature: Sean

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Hi Sean,
This Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, is classed in the same insect order as a Stink Bug, but it is in the Big Legged Bug or Leaf Footed Bug family Coreidae, which is most likely the reason you thought a stink bug mated with a grasshopper.

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Subject: South African Bug
Location: Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
March 7, 2013 12:24 am
Dear Bugman,
We spotted this bug while on a walking safari in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe last September. The first image I’m uploading to you is the photo we took of the bug. Using Google Images, I found the second image which shows a mating pair of the bugs and was taken at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Many thanks!
Signature: Eric

True Bug

Welwitschia Bug

Dear Eric,
Thank you for letting us know that only one of the photos was taken by you since we cannot post the other due to copyright infringement.  Alas, we have already spent our allotted time updating the site this morning and we cannot do the research to try to identify your True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, but we will do further research later.  In the meantime, perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification while we are off teaching and otherwise furthering the education of others.

Thank you, Daniel.  It is helpful to know that the insect we photographed belongs to the suborder Heteroptera rather than the order Coleoptera.  That helps to narrow my search which I will continue while waiting to hear more from you.
Eric

Update:  March 9, 2013
Thanks to Cesar Crash because he pointed out that we already have an example in our archives of this Cotton Stainer,
Odontopus sexpunctatus, which is commonly called the Welwitschia Bug according to Andy Cowley.

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Subject: Assassin Bug
Location: Uberlandia, Brazil
March 6, 2013 5:56 am
I woke up and when I got up from bed I felt a weird burn/sting on my knee, under my pajama pants. I stich a little thinking it was a regular psichological stich, when i got stronger pain. I though it could be small ants, so i took off my pants and saw this bug, which looks like an assassin bug. I have 3 marks on my knee. What bug is this? It kinda looks like the Orange Corsair Assassin Bug, But it is main black, with some white on some parts os its ”legs” and the only orange are its wings, or what looks like. See pics below. What bug could it be? Would it be dangerous, and carry chagas or any other deseases? Thanks!
Signature: Daniel Zorzo

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Dear Daniel,
This is a species of Assassin Bug, and it might be in the genus
Rasahus which includes the CorsairsCorsairs along with most Assassin Bugs are harmless, though many species will bite if provoked, carelessly handled, or encountered accidentally.  Corsairs are prone to biting quicker than most other Assassin Bugs, but they do not act as vectors for Chagas Disease.  Chagas Disease is spread by Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs.

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Subject: scorpion roach?
Location: durban south africa
March 4, 2013 1:17 pm
Hello
I was on my way home last night when I saw this peculiar bug. It’s roughly 10cm long and moves with those large mandibles at the front. I am in durban in south africa. I’ve never seen anything like it.
James
Signature: james

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Hi James,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae, and in North America they are commonly called either Electric Light Bugs because they are attracted to lights at night, or Toe-Biters because they can deliver a nasty bite to unwary swimmers in lakes and ponds.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators that are capable of flight, a valuable skill when ponds dry out.

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