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Subject: Baby flying bug
Location: Clarksburg, WV
July 19, 2017 1:20 am
I found this bug flying up on my ceiling and would like to know what this is.
Signature: Heather

Long-Necked Seed Bug

Dear Heather,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident this is a Long-Necked Seed Bug,
Myodocha serripes.  According to BugGuide, it feeds on:  “Seeds of strawberry and St. John’s wort. Sometimes a pest of strawberries.”

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Subject: What type of insect is this?
Location: Southern California
July 3, 2017 10:53 am
Dear Bugman,
We are at the beginning of summer, and we’ve experienced strong heat in my region this past week. This comes after decent winter rainfall. I live in southern california near the San Bernardino mountains. These small insects have been staring my backyard in large numbers, I first thought they were mosquitoes, but after taking a few close up shots I’m having second thought. Can you help us identify this bug?
Signature: Ricardo

Possibly Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Dear Ricardo,
This might be a Dirt Colored Seed Bug in the family Rhyparochromidae which is pictured on BugGuide.  There are several invasive, exotic species currently causing problems in western North America, but we do not believe this is either the Mediterranean Seed Bug or the Elm Seed Bug

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Subject: What are these guys?
Location: Bend Oregon USA
July 2, 2017 4:15 pm
A big hatch yesterday in 85 degree weather. Came out of side of wood storage shed. Bend, Oregon
White moth pic isn’t related, just for fun. Always love to see their intricate wing art
LOVE your FB page! Thanks!
Signature: Always Curious

Possibly Elm Seed Bug Infestation

Dear Always Curious,
These are definitely True Bugs and they appear to be immature nymphs, which sometimes makes exact identification difficult.  If you are able to send an image of a winged adult, that might help.  Our first impression is that this might be an infestation of Elm Seed Bugs, an invasive, introduced species that has spread in Washington, Idaho and Utah as well as Oregon according to BugGuideHermiston Herald does include an image of a nymph that looks very similar to what you have submitted.  We would not rule out that it might be an infestation of another invasive species, the Mediterranean Seed Bug.

Possibly Elm Seed Bug Infestation.

Oh m’gosh Thanks so much for the reply! I bet they are elm seed bugs as there are many elms around and many are diseased.
My gratitude!
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Subject: what is this
Location: Utah
July 2, 2017 6:14 pm
We have 1000s of these in and out of our home. Do you know what it is? They are very small, less than 1/2″.
Signature: JRW

Elm Seed Bug

Dear JRW,
This is an Elm Seed Bug,
Arocatus melanocephalus, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Native to, and widespread in S. & C. Europe, established and spreading in w. US (first detected in Idaho 2012)” and “Invades homes during summer, may stay through the winter.”  Based on BugGuide data, Utah is a state that has experienced infestations.  According to Utah State University Extension:  “There’s a new bug in town. Since July 2014, Utah State University Extension’s Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab has received numerous calls about a small, brown and black insect gathering in and on homes. The elm seed bug, a native of Europe, was first identified in the United States in Idaho in 2012 and in Oregon in 2013. While the first samples from Utah came from Salt Lake County, the insect is likely well established along the Wasatch Front and Cache County.  Elm seed bugs feed mostly on elm seeds, but can be found on other trees, such as the linden. Luckily, the bugs are not a concern for the health of elm trees, but they have become a nuisance pest, similar to boxelder bugs, by entering homes and buildings in the spring, late summer and fall. However, unlike boxelder bugs, these bugs can emit a pungent smell, similar to bitter almonds, from their scent glands.”  Introduced species without natural predators pose a significant threat to native ecosystems.

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Subject: Not kissing bug is it?
Location: Berkeley, CA
May 20, 2017 10:00 pm
Found in second floor bedroom on wood floor.
Signature: Thank you!

Mediterranean Seed Bug

This is NOT a Kissing Bug.  It is a recently introduced, invasive, exotic Mediterranean Seed Bug, Xanthochilus saturnius, and according to BugGuide:  “native to Europe and the Mediterranean, adventive in NA (WA-CA) and now locally abundant” and “earliest NA record: CA 1994can be very abundant in grass seed fields in so. OR.”

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Subject: Please not a cockroach….
Location: Berlin, Germany
April 4, 2017 11:10 pm
Dear Bugman, I keep finding these little guys in our entry way and adjacent kitchen (mostly in the kitchen). Occasionally, I will find them in other areas – dining room, bathroom, living room. I have seen an average of one a day since we moved in last summer, except during the winter, when I saw about one every few weeks. I can’t figure out where they are coming from or going to. They don’t seem to be into food or water. We have bananas and butter out 24/7, and I’ve only found one on the bananas and never in the butter. They aren’t under the sink, that I have seen. They are often just on the floor or the wall or the counter. I’ve tried to sneak in and pop on the light in the morning to find more skittering away, but I never find more. They don’t try to run away unless they are bothered (like me trying to scoop them into a ziplock). We have sprayed the entry way a couple of times for ants, which kills other beetles and spiders as well, but these guys seem to be somewhat immune to that. We are in Berlin, Germany. The photo has been lightened a little to make the markings easier to see – it is usually darker and hard to make out the markings on the upper back, and it includes a quarter for size reference. I can’t sleep at night for fear of infestation, whatever it is. Can you please help???
Signature: Buggy in Berlin

Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Dear Buggy in Berlin,
This is not a Cockroach.  We believe it is a Dirt Colored Seed Bug in the family Rhyparochromidae.  At first we thought it might be
Rhyparochromus vulgaris, a European species that has been accidentally introduced to North America where it is causing residents distress as it reproduces in great numbers, but the markings are subtly different based on BugGuide images.

Fantastic! This is great news. I can’t tell you the peace of mind that this gives me. Thank you so very much. I only wish I would have thought to ask you sooner. I can finally sleep at night!

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