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Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Secret Harbour Beach
February 3, 2017 8:17 pm
Can you please identify this bug? Thank youuuu
Signature: With an answer please

Red Jewel Bug

This appears to be a Red Jewel Bug, Choerocoris paganus.

Omg thank you so so much

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Subject: Weird Insect
Location: Sydney Australia
January 29, 2017 2:36 am
Just curious about this one. Never seen one like this before.
Signature: Russell

Lychee Stink Bug Exuvia

Dear Russell,
This appears to us to be an Exuvia or cast-off exoskeleton that an immature insect leaves behind when it matures and molts.  Our best guess is that it is the member of an order that has incomplete metamorphosis, with immature nymphs resembling adults.  Alas, we do not recognize the order.  We will continue to research this and we hope to get some input from our readership.

Lychee Stink Bug Exuvia

Karl Provides a Suggestion
Hi Daniel and Russel:
My first thought was that this exuviae belonged to a true bug nymph in the family Tessaratomidae. The horn-like caudal projections are a common feature among Tessaratomids, especially nymphs. A quick internet search came up with several photos of Lychee Stink Bug nymphs (Lyramorpha rosea) that appear to me as a possible candidate. I believe the black filaments visible in both exuvia photos are likely the antennae sheds. Interesting photos…regards Karl

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Subject: A house nuisance
Location: Chicago, IL
January 29, 2017 9:53 am
This bug has appeared regularly over the past six months in our house
Signature: Buggy

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Buggy,
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was accidentally introduced into North America from China in the late 20th Century.  Since it has no natural enemies, it quickly spread from Pennsylvania across the continent.  They are most commonly noticed when they enter homes as the weather cools so they can hibernate until spring warmth.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Darien Illinois suburb of Chicago
January 22, 2017 7:27 am
Found on second floor of 2 story home
Signature: Tim Vavra

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Tim,
The invasive, introduced Brown Marmorated Stink Bug frequently enters homes to hibernate when the weather cools.

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Subject: Green beetle?
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
January 5, 2017 3:17 am
This bug was on my ceiling. It was difficult to pry off (felt like ripping off velcro) and appeared to have green insides, despite being originally brown/gray in color.
Signature: Kristin

Stink Bug

Dear Kristin,
This is NOT a beetle.  It is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, and we are uncertain of the species.

Thank you Daniel for responding to me so quickly! Do I need to be concerned about this stink bug? As in do they bite or feed on blood or did he just kind of accidentally get into my house and his food source is more outside? If that makes sense..
Kristin

Hi again Kristin,
While we admit that Stink Bugs might be capable of biting a person, that would not be a normal occurrence.  There are some Predatory Stink Bugs that feed on other insects, most Stink Bugs have mouths adapted to piercing the surface of plants and sucking the fluids they find in the stems, leaves, blossoms and fruits.

Hi Daniel,
Oh wow that’s interesting! Thank you so much again for the information! Take care!
Kristin

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Subject: Unusual pink bug in Johannesburg South Africa
Location: South Africa, Johannesburg
January 4, 2017 1:24 pm
Hi, love your site thank you for the interesting and informative info you post. I live in the country side just outside Johannesburg, South Africa. It is mid summer here and my son noticed this very unusual bug on the wall in the house. At first we thought it was one bug which had a an upper pink portion with a black end disguised to look like a head too but when we out it in a bottle to take it outside we noticed that it was in fact two bugs and the pink bug was pushing a half digested black. If out its anterior end! Can’t find any info on this and was hoping you could tell is what this bug is?
Signature: Tracy

Newly Metamorphosed Stink Bug might be Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Tracy,
The albino-like coloration of this Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an indication that it just emerged from its cast off nymphal exoskeleton.  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive, exotic species originally from Asia that has spread across North America in a very short period of time.

Retraction:  January 19, 2017
Though this is a newly metamorphosed Stink Bug, we cannot state for certain that it is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  Thanks to Curious Girl for pointing out to us that there are no known reports of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in South Africa.  The Invasive Species Compendium does not list sightings in South Africa.  We based our identification on the striped antennae which are distinctive in the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  This may be a first reported sighting.

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