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Subject: Insect ID
Location: Northampton, MA, USA
May 29, 2016 11:39 am
I was using a new macro lens the other day and found this insect. Try as I might – and I am quite skilled in Internet searches- I was unable to identify it. I even posted it on my FB page and friends have suggested beetle, lacewing, male praying mantis or katydid. I just don’t see it.
If, when you identify, you could also explain the 2 black tips, I would appreciate it.
Thanks very much!
Signature: Keitheley Wilkinson

Pale Green Assassin Bug

Pale Green Assassin Bug

Dear Keitheley,
Thanks to this BugGuide image, we are confident that your Assassin Bug is
Zelus luridus, a species commonly called the Pale Green Assassin Bug, which BugGuide  notes is “rather unfortunate invention, given color variation.”  BugGuide also notes:  “The base color of Z. luridus is apple green, and markings on the back may be very dark or rather light. The legs sometimes have dark or red bands on the distal ends of the femurs, but these can often be so light as to be almost invisible. When I’ve seen mating pairs, the males tend to be the darker ones, with the more pronounced red leg bands. The best feature for recognition is the pair of delicate spines on the rear corners of the pronotum, which are rather long on the light colored individuals and shorter on the dark.”  The “2 black tips” to which you refer are those delicate spines, and we suspect they may have evolved to make swallowing a Pale Green Assassin Bug more difficult, thereby dissuading predators.

Subject: Bright red/orange just hatched
Location: West county, St Louis, MO
May 29, 2016 7:49 am
We found these on a chair outside this morning. They seem to take the shape of an assassin type bug or an ant of some sort. They hatched out of an egg sac about 3 inched long in a straight line.
Signature: Joe

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Dear Joe,
Hatchlings can be difficult to identify correctly, but we believe these are Leaf Footed Bugs from the family Coreidae.

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Subject: Insect
Location: San Diego, CA
May 29, 2016 10:10 am
I found this insect a few weeks ago and I can’t figure out what it is!
Signature: Elijah

Plant Bug:  Closterocoris amoenus

Plant Bug: Closterocoris amoenus

Dear Elijah,
Thanks to the Arthropods of Orange County site, we were able to identify your Plant Bug in the family Miridae as
Closterocoris amoenus.  According to BugGuide, the species name means “pretty.”

Subject: Giant alien-like bug
Location: Deerfield, New York
May 27, 2016 8:21 pm
I came across this huge insect in our local grocery store’s parking lot late at night (11:30pm EST) in Deerfield, NY. It had a mission as it wobbled right along. What is it? Scared the heck out of me! Such a strange looking thing. My pic is the second attachment but my friend took a pic (first attachment) of what I believe to be the same bug I encountered and she lives not too far from where I saw mine. Hope to hear from you soon as I’m very curious!
Signature: Erica W.

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Erica,
This is a predatory Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.

Subject: Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose?
Location: Crousetown N.S. Canada
May 25, 2016 7:08 am
I have seen a few of these around our yard and home and i was wondering what it is. It looks like a Conenose but i can’t find any information about them living in our area.
Signature: Chris

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Chris,
This harmless Western Conifer Seed Bug is frequently confused for the Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose Bug because they are both True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  See BugGuide to verify our identification.

Subject: Mystery bug ID
Location: SW Washington, Pacific County
May 26, 2016 1:57 am
These bugs showed up in our area last year for the first time. It has been suggested that they are box elder bugs, but they do not look like photos of box elder bugs. Can you help ID them?
Signature: valleygirl

Mating Bordered Plant Bugs

Mating Bordered Plant Bugs

Dear valleygirl,
These are Bordered Plant Bugs in the genus
Largus, and considering your location, we are relatively confident they are Largus cinctus, a west coast species.  You may refer to BugGuide for additional images of Bordered Plant Bugs.