Subject:  What on earth…….???????
Geographic location of the bug:  Fuerteventura Canary Islands
Date: 11/18/2017
Time: 06:13 PM EDT
Hello. We have just found a lodger in our house! We live in a semi arid desert region and the pic was taken 17.11.17.
How you want your letter signed:  Debbie

House Centipede

Dear Debbie,
This is a primarily nocturnal, predatory House Centipede.  In our opinion, they are harmless, and they will help keep your home free of Cockroaches and other unwanted arthropods.

Thats thats great – I would never harm one but would be happier with less legs!!

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Subject:  Large abdomen bug with wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Alabama, USA
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:10 PM EDT
I’ve scoured the site, but have come up empty.  Could you identify this bug? Looks like flight would be impossible, I’m stumped!
How you want your letter signed:  Sam

Giant Bark Aphid

Dear Sam,
This is an Aphid, and after searching BugGuide, we believe it is a Giant Bark Aphid,
Longistigma caryae.  According to BugGuide:  “This is the largest aphid in North America with adults averaging about 1/4 inch long. They also have long legs which makes them appear even larger. Males and some females are winged but egg laying females are wingless. They are brown with black markings (giving them somewhat of a mottled appearance) and have short, black cornicles. When alive they are often partially covered with a bluish white, waxy secretion.”  Host trees include:  “American elm, pin oak, live oak, post oak, blackjack oak, pecan, hickory, sycamore, and golden rain tree. Other trees which might be infested include maple, basswood, birch, beech, walnut, chestnut, and willow.”

Giant Bark Aphid

Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Texas
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:15 AM EDT
My friend claims this is the type of bug that can transmit  Chagas disease.  I don’t agree. Who is right?
How you want your letter signed:  I’m right, right?

Big Legged Bug

You are correct.  Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs are Assassin Bugs in the genus Triatoma,  and they are known to spread Chagas Disease.  Though many other Assassin Bugs are known to bite, most species are considered harmless to humans.  Your friends don’t even have the family correct, and one must generalize the identification all the way to the insect suborder Heteroptera to even consider them correct.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala, a member of the family Coreidae in the suborder Heteroptera, a very very distant relative of the disease carrying Kissing Bugs.

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Subject:  BeetleCaterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Joplin Missouri
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 07:36 PM EDT
Found in a friends kitchen. She was poked by it and now has a swollen finger. Which I believe is common for pokes.
How you want your letter signed:  Heather


Dear Heather,
This is not an insect.  It is the seed pod of a plant and it is commonly called a Cocklebur.  Cockleburs get embedded in pet hair and clothing, and that is how the plant disperses its seed far from the mature plant.  You can view this image that we located on the University of Minnesota Extension site.  For some inexplicable reason, you may purchase 100 cockleburs on Etsy for a mere $5.00.

But it is alive, it moves, and has huge pinchers like a beetle.

No comment.

Subject:  Hello
Geographic location of the bug:  In my house
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 08:36 PM EDT
Hello. I am a young entomologist and I just found out about The website from the bugopedia and I am happy that I found out about you. I am not sure what this Bug is but I Think it is some kind of stink Bug because it stinks.
How you want your letter signed:  Identifycation of Bug and signed by bugman

Western Conifer Seed Bug

This is not a Stink Bug.  It is a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae.  Your individual looks like a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species that frequently enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  We don’t know where on the planet your house was built, but we can tell you that the Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, but has spread across North America beginning in the 1960s.  Shortly after the beginning of the 21st Century, it was also reported in Europe and it is now commonly found across northern Europe where it is considered an Invasive Species.

Subject:  Wood borer in finished hardwood floor.
Geographic location of the bug:  Brant County near Grand River & Brantford. ON
Date: 11/18/2017
Time: 10:25 AM EDT
Per attached pictures, grub was located by blowing out fine white sawdust from 3.25″ long bore hole and injecting wasp an hornet foam insecticide into the hole to the depth of the hole. The grub moved to the entrance and was removed. The hole was discovered when the surface of the floor sank and in probing the very thin wood and varnish were lost. Further slivers were raised in probing the hole. Can you identify the species?
How you want your letter signed:  Gord Burkholder

Round-Headed Borer

Dear Gord,
Unfortunately, the image of the Round-Headed Borer is considerably less well focused than the image of the wood damage, but even if the image was better quality, we would most likely not be able to provide more than a family identification.  Round-Headed Borers are the larvae of Longicorn Beetles in the family Cerambycidae, and knowing the host plant might be helpful.  What we can tell you is that the larva was most likely already in the wood when the tree was cut, though sometimes the beetles will lay eggs in freshly cut logs.  We can state with relative certainty that the larva was already in the wood by the time the lumber was milled.  Longicorns do not infest milled lumber, so you do not need to worry about further damage, unless there were other larvae in the wood prior to milling.  Do you know the type of hardwood and the location where the trees were grown?  That might help with a more definite identification.  We have heard of incidents when adult beetles will emerge from lumber milled many years in the past.  You might find interesting information on the article entitled “Identification of wood-boring beetles (Cermabycidae and Buprestidae) intercepted in trade-associated solid wood packaging material suing DNA barcoding and morphology” where it states:  “Global trade has created a pathway by which nonnative species may cross once impervious natural borders such as oceans and mountains.”  That site acknowledges “The larvae depicted are visually similar and are difficult to identify below the family level. “

Wood Damage

Thank you Daniel;
I should have added more info. The floor has been down almost 8 years and the oak came from Quebec. There have been no other indications of other infestation. Part of the house heating is done by a wood stove and I have some concern that the species may have been introduced from the firewood.
Gord Burkholder
Hi again Gord,
We are relatively confident this individual was in the wood at the time of milling and not introduced from firewood.