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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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Subject: Baltimore bug
Location: Baltimore, MD
September 13, 2016 3:22 pm
Hi-some kids at school found this. Hope you can help! Many thanks!
Signature: Arts & Ideas Sudbury School

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Though we consider the Wheel Bug to be one of our Top 10 identification requests, we have not posted a new image in quite some time.  Your image is quite nice.  Tell the school kids to respect the Wheel Bug.  It might bite if carelessly handled.

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Subject: Unidentified prehistoric beetle
Location: Lake City, Missouri, USA
August 29, 2016 2:07 pm
Hello,
This thing came crawling up my co-workers desk today! Internet searches have yielded no information. Perhaps a sort of Bristle tail? Can you identify it?
Size: 1.5″ long
Date: 8/29/16
Location: Lake City Missouri
Thank you!
Ben
Signature: However you choose

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Ben,
Mole Crickets like yours, because of their large size and unusual appearance, are among our most common identification requests from all over the world.  Though primarily subterranean, Mole Crickets are capable of flying.

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Subject: Creepy
Location: North Central Texas
August 10, 2016 3:33 pm
The Bug? flew in and landed on the column at the lake house!
No one that has seen pictures have ever seen anything like it.
Signature: Karen

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Karen,
This is a harmless male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.  Back in 2006, a posting of a male Dobsonfly became our first Bug of the Month, a website feature we have continued every month since then.  

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

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