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Subject:  Elder of some sort??
Geographic location of the bug:  Vermont
Date: 07/02/2021
Time: 07:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel – thank you so much for your comments on my orchard Spider from June…Need your help again.  Saw these two on milkweed and I think I interrupted a lovefest..My guess is some type of Elder??
I am happy to send you as many images as you would like…Im a professional commercial photographer, but I love wildlife, astro and MACRO photography as my hobby. I take LOTS of bug pics!  Thanks again for your help!  Have a great weekend!
How you want your letter signed:  Caroline Minneci

Small Milkweed Bug Nymph

Dear Caroline,
We are not certain what an elder is, other than a person of greater age.  These are definitely not elders.  They are immature Small Milkweed Bugs,
Lygaeus kalmii, which are pictured on BugGuide.  They were also most certainly not mating, though they are a communal species.

Small Milkweed Bug Nymph

Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Baja Sur
Date: 06/21/2021
Time: 11:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I’ve seen this bug a few times over the years but cannot find a photo and name for it on the web.
How you want your letter signed:  Ryan

Six Spotted Milkweed Bug

Dear Ryan,
We quickly identified your Seed Bug as a Six Spotted Milkweed Bug,
Oncopeltus sexmaculatus, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.

Subject:  Friend or Foe?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California Foothills
Date: 10/23/2019
Time: 12:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hopefully this is an easy one. I am asking you to help identify these little guys. I do not want to miss identity a bug who is helping our cherry tomato plant. These showed up after the plant was established for several months.
Thank you for your time!
How you want your letter signed:  New guy

Immature Large Milkweed Bugs

Dear New guy,
These sure look to us like immature Large Milkweed Bugs and we do not believe they will harm your tomato plants.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  Is there any milkweed growing nearby?  They are also sometimes found in association with oleander.

Subject:  This had just appeared in our garden 2 weeks ago
Geographic location of the bug:  Wangaratta, north east Victoria
Date: 10/19/2019
Time: 09:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Thank you for your site. This bug appeared about 2 weeks ago and has the number has quickly increased since then.
How you want your letter signed:  Michael

Mating Red Banded Seed Eating Bugs

Dear Michael,
We were having trouble identifying your Seed Bugs from the family Lygaeidae, but we did locate a posting in our archives of a Red Banded Seed Eating Bug,
Melanerythrus mactans, from almost ten years ago.  Here is a FlickR image.  According to the Atlas of Living Australia, its range is over most of the continent.

Mating Red Banded Seed Eating Bugs

Subject:  Red and black bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Alexandria, VA
Date: 08/08/2019
Time: 12:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, these guys have recently showed up.  They are black and red, and are all over my Milkweed
How you want your letter signed:  Nicole

Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Dear Nicole,
Many people plant milkweed because of Monarch Butterflies, but there are a host of insects that depend upon milkweed for survival, including these Large Milkweed Bug nymphs,
Oncopeltus fasciatus.  According to iNaturalist:  “Juvenile O. fasciatus require the seed of milkweed plants for development and growth. Adults can survive on other types of seeds such as: sunflower, watermelon, almond and cashew, as shown in lab populations. Nymphs live in large groups of about 20 individuals on the plant.”  Since they feed on the seeds and not on the plants, they will not damage the milkweed and there will be plenty of leaves for Monarch caterpillars to feed upon.

Immature Large Milkweed Bugs

Subject:  Different bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Visalia ca
Date: 07/27/2019
Time: 02:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found a little critter on my bed, thought it was a cockroach but the back looks different almost like a mask when u zoom it   what is this ?
How you want your letter signed:  Lizzy

Mediterranean Seed Bug

Dear Lizzy,
This is not a Cockroach.  It is an invasive Mediterranean Seed Bug,
Xanthochilus saturnius, and it is pictured on pBase.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Europe and the Mediterranean, adventive in NA (WA-CA) and now locally abundant.”