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Subject:  Flying stinging bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth Western Australia
Date: 03/04/2018
Time: 07:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My mother has been stung by this and I have no idea what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Stinging bug

Spider Wasp, we believe

The antennae and the spines on the hind legs lead us to believe this is a species of Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, but alas, we have not had any luck locating any images online that look like your individual.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.  According to Brisbane Insects:  “Most of the Spider Warps [sic] are orange and black, black and grey/white markings or just black, i.e., the very strong warning colours. They usually have tinted wings, smooth and shiny body. Their hind-legs are long and always have two prominent spurs. They tend to coil their antennae. They usually hunting on ground with the characteristic wing flicking movement.  Females have very powerful sting.”

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Subject:  Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Central West western australia
Date: 02/26/2018
Time: 06:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen these many times over my lifetime but never known what they are. I have tried to find info via Google and the closest thing I’ve found is cicada.
How you want your letter signed:  Regards, Helen

Antlion

Dear Helen,
This is an Antlion, not a Cicada.  The larvae of Antlions are frequently called Doodlebugs.

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Subject:  Strange bug found by swimming pool
Geographic location of the bug:  Brisbane Australia
Date: 02/26/2018
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi  we came across this guy the other day. Found by my grand daughter. Just wondered if you have seen anything like it before. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Gary Buckle

Mealybug Destroyer Larva

Dear Gary,
This looks to us like the larva of a Lady Beetle known as a Mealybug Destroyer, a species native to Australia that has been exported for agricultural purposes to help control populations of Mealybugs in agricultural areas.  The larva is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.

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Subject:  Is this an assasin bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Meani NSW (2234)
Date: 02/25/2018
Time: 08:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bit my wife on the finger when she grabbed it accidentally, attempting to cut the flower. Had a sharp pain for the next few minutes, but it subsided. This is now about 30 hours later and the area is warm, and she feels numbness and tingling.
Is this an assasin bug? does she need medical help?
How you want your letter signed:  Menai Resident

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Menai Resident,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and it appears to be an immature Common Assassin Bug,
Pristhesancus plagipennis, that is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.  While the bite of most Assassin Bugs will only produce a local reaction, individual reactions may differ due to allergies and other factors.  We are not qualified to dispense medical advice, but considering the time that has elapsed, it might be wise to consider seeing a specialist.

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Subject:  Flies
Geographic location of the bug:  Cootamundra, NSW. Australia
Date: 02/20/2018
Time: 12:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Wanting to know what sort of fly this is? Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Graham

Horse Fly or Bee Fly???

Dear Graham,
Our initial thought is this must be a Horse Fly (called March Flies in Australia) from the family Tabanidae, but there are no similar looking images on the Brisbane Insects site.  The white edge on the compound eye is a trait found in several Bee Flies on the Brisbane Insect site that share that trait.  We are going to request assistance from our readership with this identification.

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Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Pilbara, West Australia
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 08:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi I got bitten on the neck by this bug today, It was quite painful for about an hour, can you please help identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Bitten on the neck

Assassin Bug

Dear Bitten on the neck,
This is a predatory Assassin Bug.  Though members of one group commonly called Kissing Bugs feed on mammalian blood and are known to bite humans, this is not one of those.  Most Assassin Bugs feed on other insects, but some species will bite readily if provoked, handled carelessly, or accidentally encountered when they get trapped in clothing.  Your individual looks exactly like one represented in a prior posting to our site, and that encounter also resulted in a bite.

Assassin Bug

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