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Subject: Large winged bug with pinchers
Location: Torrington, CT
July 9, 2017 1:05 pm
Hi Bugman,
We saw this bug crawling around on a rooftop bar last night. It apparently had been hanging around on the umbrellas and plants.
Any idea what it is? It looks prehistoric. Very cool.
Signature: Amanda C

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Amanda,
The mandibles on this female Dobsonfly are indeed quite impressive, and she defends herself quite well with them if she feels threatened.  The male Dobsonfly, on the other hand, has impressively large mandibles that are not really functional.  He uses them to battle other males and to impress female Dobsonflies during mating.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: California
June 23, 2017 8:52 pm
Found in California. Very unusual to see something like this in California.
Signature: Joan C.

Potato Bug

Dear Joan,
We beg to differ with you.  The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is a Southern California icon, and it is one of the most frequent identification requests we receive.  Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that use their front legs to quickly dig through the earth like a mole.

Potato Bug

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Subject: Whats that Bug
Location: Gippsland Victoria
May 3, 2017 3:31 am
UMMM i saw this Bug on our farm down the bottom of a valley and it looked lost !! i have never seen anything like this before.
Signature: dan

Mole Cricket

Dear Dan,
This is a Mole Cricket, and it is one of our most common identification requests.  We receive images of Mole Crickets from Australia and many other parts of the globe.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers that use their front legs to quickly did in the earth.  Some species can also fly and they are attracted to lights.

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Subject: What’s this bug?!!!
Location: Virginia
February 26, 2017 3:39 pm
Asking for a frightened friend. Need to assure her, she can come down from the chair.
Signature: Jeffrey Maxim

House Centipede

Dear Jeffrey,
The House Centipede is one of our most frequent identification requests.  Though they are predators and they possess venom, we do not consider them to be a threat to humans.  We believe the advantages they provide by eliminating cockroaches and other unwanted, often nocturnal household pests should exempt them from Unnecessary Carnage.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Portland, Oregon
December 18, 2016 11:32 pm
I saw this sucker walking up a door frame. When I attempted to catch it it flew away. Wondering if maybe it was hiding in the doug fur Christmas tree we brought home yesterday ?
Signature: Jason

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Jason,
Western Conifer Seed Bugs are notorious for entering homes when the weather cools to hibernate, but according to BugGuide, they feed on “sap from green cones, twigs, seed pulp, and sometimes needles of Pinaceae (pines, hemlock, spruce, Douglas-fir)” so it might have gained access to your home on the tree as well.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Lawton OK.
November 16, 2016 10:33 pm
I was at a range when this bug flew in. Loudest bug I’ve ever seen. Moves slow once landed. Never seen anything like this bug. Not usually afraid of anything, until I met this thing. The wind would blow wrong and I was jumpy.
Signature: – Augustin, Gianni

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Augustin, Gianni,
This is a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug.  Though Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans, they are predators with mouthparts designed to pierce prey and suck fluids, and they could deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

Wow thanks. I didn’t think you’d get back to me so soon. I really appreciate that.

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