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Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Masteri
Date: 03/30/2019
Time: 11:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The bug is brown with no wings. It is very strong as it is still stuck to my net when I shakes it really hard.
How you want your letter signed:  Allison

Water Scorpion

Dear Allison,
This looks to us like an aquatic, predatory Water Scorpion.  You did not indicate if you were using your net in the water or to catch flying things.  Water Scorpions actually do have wings and they are capable of flying from pond to pond.  Handle Water Scorpions with caution.  They can bite and the bite is reported to be quite painful.

Subject:  What kind of beetle is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tri-state area: MI, IN, OH
Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 07:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect dying on my deck (though the dog may have put it there). I’ve never seen one like it, much less at the end of March when very little is moving here yet. I assume it’s a beetle of some kind, but Google isn’t much help.
Thanks for answering my curiosity if you have the time! 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Gardener

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Dear Curious Gardener,
This is a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  You may read about Predaceous Diving Beetles on BugGuide.

Subject:  Please let me know more about this object
Geographic location of the bug:  Limbe, Cameroon, Africa
Date: 03/23/2019
Time: 05:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
Been seeing these strange insects around the house recently so wanted learn about them more ( not too long ago I even saw 2 brahminy snakes).
For more precision about the insect on the picture, at a certain point it was able to mimic a small piece of wood by straightening his whole body like an | (All legs behind and stiking to the body with his 2 things?? in front perfectly straightened forward).
Well thanks for your time and patience.
How you want your letter signed:  Sally

Water Scorpion

Dear Sally,
This is a predatory Water Scorpion, an aquatic True Bug that is capable of flying from pond to pond.  Handle Water Scorpions with caution as they can deliver a painful bite.

Subject:  Big bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Arizona
Date: 03/05/2019
Time: 03:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this floating dead in a pond, haven’t seen it b4
How you want your letter signed:  Anthony

Giant Water Bug

Dear Anthony,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter, and aquatic predator that is capable of flying from pond to pond in the event its habitat dries up.  We believe this is
Lethocerus medius, a species reported in Arizona, according to BugGuide.

Giant Water Bug

Subject:  Frozen Like Han Solo
Geographic location of the bug:  a pond in northern IL
Date: 12/10/2018
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi.  We were hiking in the woods and saw a few of these trapped in the ice of two different shallow ponds near our home.  Each specimen was about 2 to 2.5 inches long.  I thought it must be a larvae of a pond insect, but I haven’t been able to find any that are supposed to be that big.  Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Mary

Horse Fly Larva

Dear Mary,
This looks to us like the larva of a Horse Fly.  There is a matching image on Quora where it states:  “Most horse flies are associated with water, and the carnivorous larvae can be found therein.”

Thank you! and Yuck!
I appreciate your help.  I always attempt to do my own identifying, but whenever I am stuck, you always come through.
My curiosity thanks you.
Mary

Subject:  very large bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: 09/10/2018
Time: 10:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My wife found this 9-10 cm big bug in an arroyo 2 days ago and we wanted to know what it is because my brother-in-law claims that it is very poisonous. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Michael Patrick

Toe-Biter

Dear Michael,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae and there are similar looking individuals found all over the world.  Commonly called Toe-Biters in North America because of the painful bite they are able to inflict on bathers and waders in freshwater bodies of water, Giant Water Bugs are not considered poisonous, however, they do inject saliva that can cause a reaction in some people.  According to Research Gate:  “These insects have toxic saliva capable of provoking intense pain and paralysis in vertebrates. Victims experienced intense, excruciating pain and 1 manifested hypoesthesia in the forearm. Bites by Belostomatidae are often reported by clinicians working in areas where these insects live, but there are no detailed case reports in the medical literature. ”  According to Pest Wiki:  “Water bugs are referred to as Toe biters because they do bite.Water bugs are harmless to humans.They don’t seek for people to go and bite them up.Water bugs bite is considered to be most harmful and painful.They bite on rare occasions when we get scared, or they get terrified. Usually, there are initial symptoms, but rarely they may cause life-threatening allergic reactions.”

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I will recommend your website to everyone!