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Subject:  Immature walkingstick?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwestern Wisconsin
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 10:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little guy on a plant I recently brought back inside because of cool weather.  Isn’t it a little late in the year for new hatches?
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer

Immature Zelus Assassin Bug

Dear Jennifer,
This is not a Walkingstick.  It is an immature, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus.  Handle with caution.  They bite and the bite is allegedly painful, but not considered dangerous.

Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 06:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi There- Can you please help us identify this bug? Many thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Tifini Stafford

Big Legged Bug

Dear Tifini,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala.  Based on images and information posted to BugGuide, we believe it is
Acanthocephala declivis

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Manchester, Michigan
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 09:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this scary looking bug in my garage this morning.  About 3 inches long.
How you want your letter signed:  Sue


Dear Sue,
This is an aquatic predatory True Bug known as a Giant Water Bug, and it is generally found not far from a source of water.  Toe-Biter is a common name because of the large number of swimmers and waders who have been bitten while in the water.  Because they are attracted to electric lights, often in great numbers, they are also called Electric Light Bugs.

Thank you for answering on the water bug.  I had never seen one before.  Scary looking.

Subject:  One-legged or injured bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra Vista Az
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  9/9/21 About 8 am – this fascinating bug was on a small geranium plant in filtered light. It appears to have one back leg – injured? Moving the plant to brighter light for a better photo caused bug to crawl under a leaf. Back in filtered light it left a ‘deposit’ (poop? eggs?) as it crawled to a higher leaf.
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy and Julia

Giant Agave Bug

Dear Tommy and Julia,
This is a Giant Agave Bug,
Acanthocephala thomasi, and you can compare your image to this image from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have greatly swollen hind femora bearing at least one large spike; females have slender hind femora bearing several small spikes.”  Based on this BugGuide image of a mating pair, we believe your individual is not a female and the deposit on your other image is not an egg.

Subject:  What’s this Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mesa, AZ
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 07:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  J Craghead

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Dear J Craghead,
These are mating Small Milkweed Bugs and they are no cause for concern.  You can read more about Small Milkweed Bugs on Bug Eric.

Subject:  Is this a Mesquite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica
Date: 09/13/2021
Time: 07:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was walking around Cahuita, Costa Rica the other day and found this lovely white bug. I think it’s part of the Mesquite family but I want to know which specifically as I cannot find any photos online with the same colour way or patterns. Thanks
How you want your letter signed: J

True Bug Nymph:  Ouranion species

Dear J,
This is a True Bug nymph and it might be a relative of a Giant Mesquite Bug.  We have several images of this nymph, also from Costa Rica, that were submitted to our site in 2015 that we never conclusively identified.  At that time we speculated they were in the genus
Thasus like the Giant Mesquite Bug.

Hi Daniel!
Thanks for getting back. I have read that post too and my partner also thinks the same but I guess he wasn’t sure or knew it was a nymph. Thanks again!
Kind regards,

Update:  Possibly Ouranion species.
Thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who sent a comment that this appears to be a member of the genus
Ouranion.  According to iNaturalist, Ouranion and Thasus are in the same tribe Nematopodini.