Subject:  Coon Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Cowra NSW
Date: 01/27/2018
Time: 09:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just read your response to another person re these bugs so thought I would also add my location sighting fyi. While we don’t have cotton, we do have marshmallow weed and peach trees.
How you want your letter signed:  Jennie

Aggregation of Coon Bugs

Dear Jennie,
Thanks for submitting your image of an aggregation of Coon Bugs,
Oxycarenus arctatus, in the family Oxycarenidae.  This is only our second submission of Coon Bugs since we initially posted in 2014.  According to Cesar Australia:  “The coon bug is a seed and fruit feeder, which occasionally swarms on cultivated plants including cotton, stone fruits and some vegetables. They prefer malvaceous plants such as marshmallow weed, but can reach pest status on crops, especially in dry seasons when other food is scarce. Feeding causes young fruit to shrivel and leaves discoloured patches on ripening fruit. These small bugs are most abundant in warm weather and are often found swarming around fowl yards, on fences and around the walls of houses. Adults are about 3 mm long with a black and white body. Nymphs are black with a conspicuous blood-red abdomen.” 

Aggregation of Coon Bugs

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Subject:  Ants protect it.
Geographic location of the bug:  Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Date: 01/22/2018
Time: 04:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this “button” like thing, along with a few other attached to a chia stem. Ants seems to be feeding from them and protects them.
How you want your letter signed:  Quique.

Scale Insect

Dear Quique,
We feel pretty confident this is a Scale Insect in the Hemiptera superfamily Coccoidea which includes Mealybugs as well as Scale Insects.  These are plant parasitic Hemipterans that are immobile as adults.  Like many other Hemipterans, including Aphids and many Hoppers, the Scale Insects exude a sweet “honeydew” that is attractive to Ants, so Ants often care for the Hemipterans.  Planet Natural has a nice posting regarding Scale Insects.

Subject:  Elm Seed bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Osooyos, BC Canada
Date: 01/22/2018
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi There
Just hoping to get conformation on this beetle.
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Hannah Rowe

Elm Seed Bugs

Dear Hannah,
We agree that these are invasive Elm Seed Bugs,
Arocatus melanocephalus.  According to BugGuide:  “Native to, and widespread in S. & C. Europe, established and spreading in w. NA (BC-OR-ID-UT)” and “Invades homes during summer, may stay through the winter.” 

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Subject:  Found in kitchen
Geographic location of the bug:  Sullivan county NY
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 08:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I don’t know what this bug is.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy Heller

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Nancy,
Western Conifer Seed Bugs like the one you submitted often enter homes when the weather cools so that they can hibernate.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs, though a nuisance, do not pose any threat to your home or furnishings, and they will not harm you or your pets.

Subject:  Bug found on pillow
Geographic location of the bug:  Albuquerque, NM
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 05:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug crawling on my pillow and thought it to be a bed bug at first, having never seen one before. It doesn’t seem to be one.
It was sort of translucent.
I realize it may be lice, but I haven’t been anywhere near people who might have head or body lice. I don’t have any new bumps or itching out of the ordinary, and checked my mattress for signs of bed bugs. I also checked clothing seams for eggs but there were none.
So is it just a random adult louse? Am I doomed to infection?
How you want your letter signed:  Sofia


Dear Sofia,
Though quite degraded, your image does nonetheless resemble a Human Louse.  You are not “doomed to infection” as you seem to have discovered this early, and there are many over the counter remedies available.

Thank you very much! I was in denial since I’ve never had to deal with them before. I’ve scheduled an appointment with a clinic to remove them and am washing my stuff/heat treating things.
I likely got them on a train in Vietnam, I was in a sleeper.
Thanks again for your help.

Subject:  Chrysomelidae?
Geographic location of the bug:  Maple Ridge, BC
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 07:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I captured this beetle in a pitfall trap near a small stream in a forest near Maple Ridge, BC in August 2013. I’m looking to get help identifying the family, and have offered a few pictures that might help. Any advice would be appreciated!
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Tonya Ramey

Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle

Dear Tonya,
By the time our miniscule staff began researching this Beetle, which reminds us of a Soldier Beetle, we found the vast resources on BugGuide had already identified it as a Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle,
Ischalia vancouverensis, in the family Ischaliidae.

Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle

Hi Daniel,
Yes, thank you! I was really surprised how fast it was answered. I’ve posted a few things on there with no reply, so thank you for checking it out! Ischaliidae was not on my radar.

Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle