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Subject:  Plant bug? What kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date: 08/13/2021
Time: 01:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this near a creek in a boreal forest. The closest this I could find online is a Western Box Elder Bug, but it has very different markings. What do you think?
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Unidentified Plant Bug

Dear Scott,
We are pretty certain this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, however we were not able to find any matching images on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with an identification.

Subject:  Please ID!
Geographic location of the bug:  NE Florida
Date: 08/13/2021
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help us ID this bug! My 5 y/o is enamored.
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah C

Mating Rough Stink Bugs

Dear Sarah,
This is not a bug.  It is two bugs that are enamored with one another.  These are mating Rough Stink Bugs in the genus
Brochymena based on this BugGuide image. and according to BugGuide:  “recorded hosts include members of 18 plant families.”  If your five-year old is enamored, perhaps this is a good time to begin that conversation about the birds and the bees and the stink bugs.

Subject:  orange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  apollo pa 15613
Date: 08/13/2021
Time: 09:33 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  I’ve searched and very curious about this fellow.  Beautiful orange color
How you want your letter signed:  Joyce P

Recently Metamorphosed Wheel Bug

Dear Joyce,
This is an adult, but freshly metamorphosed Wheel Bug.  When its exoskeleton hardens, this Wheel Bug’s color will be dark gray.

Got it!!! There was a dark grey one next to it.  Thanks so much!
Joyce Perrone

Subject:  Never thought I’d see a predatory stick bug…
Geographic location of the bug:  Bergen, New York
Date: 08/07/2021
Time: 02:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw these guys on my tent. One actively eating a bug and the other just hanging out.
They are just short of two inches look.
How you want your letter signed:  KT

Thread-Legged Bug with Prey

Dear KT,
These are Thread-Legged Bugs in the subfamily Emesinae, a subgroup of the predatory Assassin Bugs.  You can read more about Thread-Legged Bugs on BugGuide where it states:  “Unlike walking-sticks and some dipterans they mimic, the Emesinae walk on the rear four legs — the front legs are modified for grasping prey.”

Thread-Legged Bug

Subject:  Whats this Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Oregon (Medford)
Date: 07/30/2021
Time: 01:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These Beetle’s have traveled to the SE, SW sides of our building. They are staying around the door jams and brick stem wall.Black with a thin orange line around their body. I search beetles of So Oregon and these were not listed. Thank you for your help, Darrell
How you want your letter signed:  Darrell

Conchuela Stink Bug

Dear Darrell,
You had difficulty with your identification because this is not a Beetle.  This is an immature Conchuela Stink Bug.

Subject:  Interesting green bug!
Geographic location of the bug:  99163
Date: 07/25/2021
Time: 03:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there! We’ve been scouring all of our resources trying to identify this little fellow and while he looks a bit like a stink bug, his front legs bend more like a praying mantis and he has a ridge to back that gives him a concave appearance. He’s quite tiny, able to perch on my pinky nail with room to spare.
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How you want your letter signed :  Heath B. & Family

Immature Ambush Bug

Dear Heath B. & Family,
This is an immature insect and immature forms of insects are generally more poorly documented online, which complicates identification attempts.  This is an immature Ambush Bug and it uses its raptorial front legs to capture prey the same way the Preying Mantis does.