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Subject: What order does this belong to?
Location: Carlsbad, California
July 14, 2013 6:20 pm
A very slender insect landing near the an outside light. Is it some kind of Heteroptera?
Signature: Dennis

True Bug

Mirid Plant Bug

Hi Dennis,
We agree that this appears to be a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, but we do not recognize it.  We will do additional research as well as request assistance.  We will be posting it today as Unidentified and we hope to have an answer for you soon.

True Bug

Mirid Plant Bug

Update:  July 29, 2013
Eric Eaton Provides an identification
Daniel:
Mirid plant bug in the genus Phytocoris, one of the few genera that is really distinctive (in posture, etc).
Eric

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Subject: Just Saying Thank You!
Website: lhexperience.blogspot.com
April 29, 2013 12:02 pm
Dear WTB,
I found your website back in 2008/2009 and have been revisiting it pretty often ever since. I have never had anything that I wanted identified, a few times I did have a question but I was able to find it myself by looking through the archives first. I really enjoy reading it just for fun. I am not all that very interested in bugs really but I just really like this site here. Thank you for making it such fun to browse through! I always come here first whenever I want to know something about bugs. Today I discovered centipedes in my garden and I was worried they were bad. I looked around and discovered that there are quite a few different kinds of centipedes!
Thanks again!
Signature: Elise

House Centipede Eats Cricket

House Centipede Eats Cricket

Dear Elise,
Thank you for the sweet message.  We love getting fanmail.  It really made our day.  We try to make the site entertaining and fun.  Though we strive for accuracy with identifications, we are more generalists that are attempting to promote an appreciation of the lower beasts in an effort to help folks understand the interconnectivity of all life forms on this fragile planet.  We are illustrating this posting with a photo from our archives of the much maligned and misunderstood House Centipede, a beneficial predator that will keep the house rid of other unwanted creatures like cockroaches.

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From a Facebook Fan
Ed. Note:  The Bugman does not do Facebook, but thankfully, our webmaster does keep track of Facebook postings and this letter was forwarded to us through our private email.  Alas, the early morning hours when we do most of our postings is not the ideal time for returning business calls.

March 14, 2013
Hi Whats That Bug,
I am a big fan of your site! I read it pretty much everyday and have actually had one of my questions answered from you guys.
I am a field correspondent for the Insect News Network (INN). I work as an intern with Emmet Brady, the creator and host of the radio show and multimedia enterprise, which takes our audience “into the world of insects beyond the creepy and the crawly, to the fun, the fascinating, the profound and even the sublime.”
On the INN, we explore the microcosm through the lens of Cultural Entomology, which examines the parallels, connections and influences between humans and insects. We examine the world of the insects, spiders and other arthropods, on 3 platforms: the practical, the compelling and the sublime.
Our tagline is “It’s Not Just About Bugs . . . It’s About Us.” We build the bridge between Sciences, the Arts and the Humanities and examine the influence between the human culture and the world of 6-, 8- and multi-legged animals. We focus on people as much as we do the insects.
The INN has over 60 radio broadcasts (each with an accompanying 3-Mintue Insect Essential [a preview]) and more than 50 videos filmed around the country.
Here are a couple of examples:
INN #50 – WHAT IS 2012 THE BUG OF THE YEAR?
3-Minute Insect Essential: http://www.facebook.com/l/NAQFALQOhAQEdQhalZJlQH0QKVYWQ02zZbYBrZcyxHual9Q/audioboo.fm/boos/1200227-3-minute-insect-essential-50-from-the-insect-news-network
(Edited for spatial consideration)
I would welcome the chance to share future posts with you. I believe you will find them engaging and worthy of sharing with your audience as well.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or comments. Perhaps in the future we might even be able to interview you on the show?
Let’s all spread the buzz . . .
Best regards,
Jared Heifetz
(925) ###-####

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Subject: Kudo’s
November 19, 2012 1:03 pm
I wish I had money, because you deserve it all. You make me happy I couldn’t ID a gnat (duh).  Three hours after finding my answer, I am STILL looking/learning/fascinated.
Thanks !
Signature: Carol Black

Thank you so much Carol.  We try our best to be entertaining as well as informative.  We are also indebted to our readership and the wonderful images and provocative questions they supply.

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An ode to one of my fave sites
November 21, 2011 11:39 am
Hey whatsthatbug friends!
As I love your site and think that people should  have a little more tolerance towards our buggy friends, and spent much time procrastinating on your site, not to mention that you’ve helped me identify things I’ve never seen before or now want to hunt down and see, anyhoooooooo, I made a blog posting dedicated to your site and some of my favourite or most interesting bugs. Here’s hoping you may have a chance to take a gander through my top tens (at least the pics :-D)
Take care & awesome job maintaining such a superb site!!
Signature: Van

Well that was kind of silly of me I forgot the link to my blog.
http://vanswisdom.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/bugs-bugs-bugs/
Thanks again!!

Hi Van,
Thanks so much for the great endorsement.

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Megarhyssa nortoni
Website:
November 14, 2011 10:42 pm
thank you for the photos that match my insect in question  it was very helpful to know what it is – we are in central pa have never seen these before in our area
thanks again
Signature: kathleen

Megarhyssa nortoni by Sandy Mallet

Thanks for your sweet comment Kathleen.  Since you did not submit a photo, we found a beautiful image of Megarhyssa nortoni, one of the Stump Stabbers, that was taken by Sandy Mallet and posted to BugGuide in 2007.  It became a question of plagiarism when it was submitted to What’s That Bug? in 2010 by Leona Garrett.

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