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Subject: Is or is not a marmalade stink bug?! Invading my Oregon home in droves…
Location: Aloha, Oregon (about 20 miles west of Portland)
January 17, 2013 8:10 pm
Hello! I just love this site, and my children (all girls!) and I have had a blast looking through the posts and pictures. Ive always taught them it’s bad luck to kill a bug, so we always catch anything we find indoors and free it outside. (If kitty doesn’t get it first!)
These fellows have been here since we moved into the rental home two years ago. In spring they COVER the outside of the home, and seem to find their way in pretty consistently. This little fellow looks a whole lot like the marmaladed stink bug, however I have not noticed any smell. They are everywhere in my house! We’re in Oregon, and there are several big trees all around our two-story home, and being that it’s winter (Jan) I don’t have any windows open and I’m still finding them everywhere inside. I don’t think they bite, but I do prefer my house insect free! I’d like to let the home owners know what they are, and I also saw an article from the Oregon dept of wildlife asking residents in our state to report if they have these, as apparently they ate bad for our crops? Thanks so much in advance for your response! Keep up the fantastic work.
Angela Griffin and her 4 girls,
Aloha, Oregon
Jan 17th 2013
Signature: angieleigh, lover of bees

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Angela and her 4 girls,
We are incredibly amused at the name you have coined:  “Marmalade Stink Bug” but it is actually a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  According to the Free Dictionary, marmorated means:  “Having a marbled or streaked appearance.”
  They will not harm you, your home nor its furnishings, though they might try to feed on houseplants they find palatable.  If you have seen local coverage requesting that they be reported, we would urge you to contact the authorities.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are an invasive, exotic species from Asia and they do not have natural predators in North America, so they are spreading rapidly.

Thank you so much for responding! I’m glad you got a kick out of my new name for it…blame it on my three year old who for the last two days has been muttering “marmladed stink bug” to herself as she plays. Talk about amusing! I also taught her the word “entomologist” just in case she wants to add that to the things she wants to be when she grows up…she is utterly fascinated with buggies of any kind. 🙂
I wasn’t sure if that was one or not because we never have noticed any sort of odor, (of course we don’t kill or crush them) and the marbling looks different than the pictures I looked up. I’m glad to know that is what they are! The local authorities will definitely want to know, because as you mentioned they don’t have any natural preditos, so the farmers are having a heck of a time with them.  Thank you so much again for getting back to me on this, we appreciate it so much! Keep up the great work!
Angela and the girls

Hi again Angela,
We have often heard that other bugs like Western Conifer Seed Bugs which are Leaf Footed Bugs, have a stronger odor than Stink Bugs.  We guess that all Stink Bugs don’t have the same ability to produce an offensive odor.

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Subject: beetle
Location: Tortunguero, Costa Rica
January 15, 2013 1:36 pm
Here are a few pictures of a rather large beetle I saw in Costa Rica. It was swimminging a puddle following a heavy rain. It was about 2-3 in long. He is quite strong, I was able to pick him up after he grabbed the umbrella with his pinchers, He’s a pretty cool looking guy. I’d like to know what kind he is so I can include that in a picture book of our trip. Thanks
Signature: Steve

Giant Water Bug

Hi Steve,
This is not a beetle.  It is a Giant Water Bug.  Giant Water Bugs in Asia grow very large and they are the largest True Bugs in the world.  Giant Water Bugs are eaten in Thailand.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic, but they also fly quite well.  They are reported to have a very painful bite and in North America, they are called Toe-Biters.

Giant Water Bug grabs Umbrella


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Subject: bitting beetle
Location: New Orleans La.
January 13, 2013 5:39 pm
this bug bit my grandaughter on her finger as she was reaching in her bag to get her shoes. what kind of bug is this?
Signature: a concerned grandparent


Dear Concerned Grandparent,
This Assassin Bug,
Rasahus hamatus, is commonly called a Corsair.  The bite is reported to be painful, but not dangerous.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: unknown bug
Location: india
January 13, 2013 1:41 am
which bug is this and what does it eat?
Signature: Jagdeep Singh

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Hi Jagdeep,
This is a Stink Bug and it looks similar to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (see BugGuide), , a species that has gained notoriety and much publicity in North America since it is an invasive species introduced from Asia that has no significant predators to keep its population in check.  It is multiplying rapidly and spreading its range in North America.  The species is also significant as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug enters homes to hibernate during cold weather.  We are uncertain if it is native to India as BugGuide lists the range as:  “Native to E. Asia.”

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Subject: Need insect identified
Location: East London, Eastern Cape, south Africa
January 14, 2013 3:51 am
Hi there!
I’m a huge entymology enthusiast, and I’ve been doing some photography and research of insects around my garden
I found this bizarre insect on a a lemon tree, it’s the middle of summer here, and I’m in East London South Africa
The weather was overcast, and after I got these two decent pictures, it started to rain. I would appreciate any help with regards to what this thing is, name, family, anything, my insect guide has no information on it, and I can’t find anything on Google as I have no leads. Thanks in advance!!
Signature: Simon Robinson

Immature True Bug

Dear Simon,
This is a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, and we strongly suspect it is in the family Coreidae, the Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs.  It appears to be an immature nymph, which might make identification to the species level more difficult as most identification guides contain images of adult insects and nymphs can change appearance prior to maturity.  The head on view might also complicate identification to the species level.  We will continue to research this when time permits.  Please let us know if you learn anything additional.

Yes, that would make the most sense! As I have many species of Coreidae in my garden, mainly Carlisis Wahlbergi (According to my insect guide, they are found in Limpopo, but I think it’s perfectly possible for them to have migrated down here, as there are many on The Gardenia) There are also few Holopterna alata and Anoplocnemis. and I agree that it is most likely a nymph of sorts, but from the nymphs I’ve seen, it doesn’t look related to any of the above mentioned. Otherwise, I appreciate the help!
I did some more research of my own, and I have suspicions that this may be the nymph of Leptoglossus Membranaceus, as that species of Coreidae, is a pest to Citrus trees, among other plants, given the fact that this was found on my lemon tree, I’d say the chances are pretty high that it is. But due to an inability to find pictures of a nymph of this species, I’m afraid I cannot say for sure. This has been lots of fun, and I hope we can come to a conclusion soon!
Kind regards

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Subject: mystery bathroom bug
Location: Midwest US
January 7, 2013 7:50 pm
Found this bug in my bathroom. Wondering what it is, and if I should worry that there are more or if it’s harmful? I live in the midwest. In an apartment.
Signature: C

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear C,
This is a Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, and according to American Insects:  “Over much of its range, this species is associated primarily with Ragwort, Senecio anonymus. Males attempt to hold and guard a territory, a cluster of flower heads. Females need access to these flower heads for feeding, mating, and ovipositing.”  Many True Bugs seek shelter indoors to hibernate, and we suspect that might be the case with this individual.  The Whitecrossed Seed Bug will not harm you or your apartment.  

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