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Subject: red ant like bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Waxhaw NC
Date: 05/09/2019
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: these guys were on my screen about 5.5 feet up on a deck.I’ve never seen anything like them and the segmented strand looks like what they may have hatched from?
How you want your letter signed : Kathy

Hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Kathy,
These are hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs from the family Coreidae.

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Subject:  OMG!
Geographic location of the bug:  Birmingham Alabama
Date: 05/08/2019
Time: 07:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this bug??
How you want your letter signed:  Shelle

Big Legged Bug

Dear Shelle,
This is a harmless Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.

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Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 03:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Friend found this in her garden. None of us have noticed this spieces befor and would very much like to become familiar with it.
How you want your letter signed:  Hunter

Plant Bug

Dear Hunter,
This is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae.  We identified
Closterocoris amoenus on the Natural History of Orange County website, and BugGuide does not provide information if it is a predator or a plant feeder.  We will do additional research to determine its diet. 

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Subject:  Assassin bug or kissing bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Virginia
Date: 04/26/2019
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On April 26, I saw this bug in my mail box and thought it looked interesting so I took a few pictures of it. But just today, I saw a news post about the Kissing Bug and tried to search around to find out if it was. I ended up finding another article on here dating back to April 2016 with a photo of a similar looking bug called the Assassin bug or something like that. Can you please help me identify this bug?
Thank you~
How you want your letter signed:  Liya

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Liya,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug in the genus
Pselliopus, and like other members of the Assassin Bug family Reduviidae, it might bite if carelessly handled, but the bite is not considered dangerous.  Kissing Bugs are also Assassin Bugs, but they prey upon warm blooded hosts.  Kissing Bugs will readily bite humans and especially those found in warmer regions can spread Chagas Disease.

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Subject:  Strange bug in Ohio
Geographic location of the bug:  Morrow, OH
Date: 04/25/2019
Time: 05:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this sitting on my closed garage door. Have never seen anything like it. Have you an identity for it?
How you want your letter signed:  Jim Kightlinger

Wheel Bug

Dear Jim,
This is an adult Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug, and this is not a rare insect in the eastern part of the continent, however this April sighting is quite unusual.  We generally get images of adult Wheel Bugs much later in the year, especially in northern states, and this is the time of year we expect to get reports of hatchling Wheel Bugs.

Update:  Hi Daniel – Thanks for the ID of the Assassin bug. I should have mentioned that the photo was not current. The picture was taken 10/6/2018 so being an adult was perfectly right for that time of year. Ugly little bugger though. I left him alone to do whatever ugly bugs do.
Thanks again – Jim Kightlinger

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Subject:  Mexican beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cima de Tepozteco
Date: 04/19/2019
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looking to identify this photographed by a friend. Apparently known as escarabajo but I’m guessing that’s a generic name for several beetles.
How you want your letter signed:  Cliff

Giant Mexquite Bug nymph

Dear Cliff,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Giant Mesquite Bug nymph, and they are frequently found feeding in groups.

Hi Daniel
Thank you very much for your prompt reply and identification. Please excuse my basic ignorance of what is a beetle or not.
A friend of mine took that photo, and from a British perspective, it looks very unusual. Several of us will be glad to know.
Best wishes
Cliff

No problem Cliff.  That is why we are still here after 17 years.

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