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Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Date: 02/26/2018
Time: 09:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There were many of these bugs last summer. I’ve never seen them before. They were near my blazing stars, wild geraniums, clematis and lilies. They are not the same as the bugs that attacked  my lilies the year before.
How you want your letter signed:  Dying to know.


Dear Dying to know,
This sure looks to us like a European Firebug,
Pyrrhocoris apterus, a species that has been introduced to North America, but according to BugGuide, there are only reports from Utah.  If it has also become established in Canada, you should probably notify your local agricultural agency.

Subject:  Can you ID this beauty in Miami,FL ?
Location:  Miami Florida
Date:  December 16, 2017 12:26 PM
I could sent a picture of this lovely geometric designed red,black and white outlined elongated bug for identification ?
Signature:  Robin

Cotton Stainers

Dear Robin,
These Cotton Stainers sometimes form aggregations with both winged adults and immature nymphs as your image documents.

Subject:  Can you please ID this assasin bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Antipolo Philippines
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 06:02 AM EDT
Hi Bugman!
Can you please identify what species of Assasin bug these guys are. I caught them on one of my Okra plants and they are adorable.
How you want your letter signed:  Mohammad Mehdi Saatchi

Red Cotton Stainer

Dear Mohammad,
Though it resembles an Assassin Bug and though it is classified in the same order as Assassin Bugs, this Red Cotton Stainer is actually a member of the Red Bug family Pyrrhocoridae.  We verified your Red Cotton Stainer’s identity as
Dysdercus cingulatus thanks to Project Noah.

Red Cotton Stainers

Subject:  Bug that looks like it’s in a Marching Band
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater Florida
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 03:08 PM EDT
Hi Bugman I shot this COOL! looking bug yesterday. It looks like it’s in a Marching Band Outfit. Would it be possible for you to identify for me? Thanks Again Very Much!
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen

Mating Cotton Stainers

Dear Brent,
We love your colorful description.  These are mating Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus suturellus, and according to BugGuide:  “found on many plants, incl. cotton, hibiscus, oranges, etc.”

Mating Cotton Stainers

Hi Bugman – Thanks Again Very Much!!! for your identification – It’s a really Cool looking bug. Have a Great Day! Brent

Subject:  Cluster of Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  San Pedro, CA
Date: 09/13/2017
Time: 01:30 AM EDT
I was walking my dog on a path by the ocean and noticed a large isolated collection of bright red bugs I don’t recall ever seeing in my life despite living in this general area all my life.
How you want your letter signed:  curious dog walker

Aggregation of Mediterranean Red Bugs

Dear curious dog walker,
These are Mediterranean Red Bugs, an invasive species that was recently introduced to Southern California.  They generally get noticed when they form large aggregations of both adult and immature individuals.

Aggregation of Mediterranean Red Bugs

Subject: Fire Bug Utah
Location: South Ogden, Utah
August 10, 2017 6:50 am
I just wanted to submit a photo of a single fire bug I found in my yard on 8/6/2017. I live in South Ogden, Utah
Signature: Jason Fabert

Fire bug

Dear Jason,
Thanks for submitting your image of an invasive, exotic Fire Bug which we first reported from Utah in 2010.