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What is this bug
Location:  Akron, Ohio
September 26, 2010 8:47 pm
Any idea what this vibrant orange bug is. I was amazed at the different stages of life on one pod.
Signature:  Becki Caputo

Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Hi Becki,
There are two common species of Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae that feed upon the juices from the seeds of milkweed, and we believe your immature nymphs are Large Milkweed Bugs,
Oncopeltus fasciatus based on comparing images of both species on BugGuide. Large Milkweed Bugs often form aggregations of numerous individuals while feeding, and you image shows two immature stages.  Adults have fully developed wings and they are able to fly.

red-eyed vireo with mouthful
Location:  West Bath, Maine coastal
September 24, 2010 10:57 am
Hi there, Would you kindly tell me what this Red-eyed vireo has captured for a meal? Thanks in advance for your time. I love your site and promote it every chance I get.
Signature:  Robin Robinson

Red Eyed Vireo eats Leaf Footed Bug

I think Assassin Bug. Yes? Thanks RRR

Hi Robin,
This insectivore has captured a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Leptoglossus, possibly the Western Conifer Seed Bug.

Can you guess?
Location:  Queensland, Australia
September 22, 2010 6:23 pm
Hi guys,
I took this shot this morning just outside my back door. There were several of these flying and hopping around. I know what it is but am seeing if you can guess. Only clue is, it’s not where you would expect to see one.
Signature:  aussietrev


Hi Trevor,
We are guessing that this is a Backswimmer in the family Notonectidae.  These aquatic insects can fly and they are attracted to lights.  Here is a BugGuide image.

brown marmorated stink bug
Location:  Pittsburgh, PA
September 21, 2010 5:20 pm
I found a little wasp carrying around a little BMSB nymph. I am hoping this may help find a feasible natural enemy. I can’t tell what type of wasp this may be and was hoping you could help out. It must be a solitary type. it did kind of resemble a andrenid bee but, liked to flick its wings. The picture is a little bad but does show some characteristics.
Please include my name and information if you pass this information on.
Signature:  Jordan A. Lipinski, PCO

Wasp Preys Upon Stink Bug

Dear Jordan,
We believe we have identified your wasp as a Crabronidid Wasp in the genus
Astata based on images posted to BugGuide which states:  “Nest in burrows in soil. Each burrow has several chambers. Preys on stink bugs, Pentatomidae. It appears that your specimen is all black which would make it Astata unicolor.

Biology Project
Location:  Ottawa, Canada
September 19, 2010 2:52 pm
Hello Bugman,
My name is Natascha and im currently in the middle of a biology project, due on the 27th of September. I have to collect 9 bugs in different taxonomic orders. I found a bug and i cannot identify it. I was hoping you could help. Its black with 6 legs. Thanks a bunch.
Signature:  Natascha

Broad Headed Bug

Hi Natascha,
Normally we have a policy about not doing homework for people, but there was something appealing about the tone of your letter, mainly that it was devoid of desperation, you still have ample time before your project is due, and it seems like you have been doing your own research, all speculation on our part, but nonetheless we have decided to assist you.  We believe this to be a Broad Headed Bug in the family Alydidae, and it most closely resembles
Alydus eurinus which is pictured on BugGuide.

No idea what this is!
Location:  Yarmouth, Maine
September 18, 2010 4:01 pm
This bug landed on my neck while kayaking on a quiet river in southern Maine, September 18th. It didn’t appear to have wings, but maybe they’re just folded up close? I don’t know how else it could have landed on me, unless it was blown off a plant by the wind. (It WAS windy.) He was about 2.5-3” long. from tip to tip. Didn’t move around a whole lot, but was clearly alive. I didn’t see it depart, so don’t know if it blew off or flew off…
Signature:  Louisa

Water Scorpion

Hi Louisa,
You had an encounter with a Water Scorpion in the genus
Ranatra.  Water Scorpions are aquatic insects that are also capable of flying.  The bite is reported to be quite painful.

Thank you – I just figured it out myself, but glad to have it officially identified. (And glad it didn’t bite me.) Your website is awesome, and so helpful!