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Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 06:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi There- Can you please help us identify this bug? Many thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Tifini Stafford

Big Legged Bug

Dear Tifini,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala.  Based on images and information posted to BugGuide, we believe it is
Acanthocephala declivis

Subject:  One-legged or injured bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra Vista Az
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  9/9/21 About 8 am – this fascinating bug was on a small geranium plant in filtered light. It appears to have one back leg – injured? Moving the plant to brighter light for a better photo caused bug to crawl under a leaf. Back in filtered light it left a ‘deposit’ (poop? eggs?) as it crawled to a higher leaf.
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy and Julia

Giant Agave Bug

Dear Tommy and Julia,
This is a Giant Agave Bug,
Acanthocephala thomasi, and you can compare your image to this image from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have greatly swollen hind femora bearing at least one large spike; females have slender hind femora bearing several small spikes.”  Based on this BugGuide image of a mating pair, we believe your individual is not a female and the deposit on your other image is not an egg.

Subject:  Is this a Mesquite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica
Date: 09/13/2021
Time: 07:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was walking around Cahuita, Costa Rica the other day and found this lovely white bug. I think it’s part of the Mesquite family but I want to know which specifically as I cannot find any photos online with the same colour way or patterns. Thanks
How you want your letter signed: J

True Bug Nymph:  Ouranion species

Dear J,
This is a True Bug nymph and it might be a relative of a Giant Mesquite Bug.  We have several images of this nymph, also from Costa Rica, that were submitted to our site in 2015 that we never conclusively identified.  At that time we speculated they were in the genus
Thasus like the Giant Mesquite Bug.

Hi Daniel!
Thanks for getting back. I have read that post too and my partner also thinks the same but I guess he wasn’t sure or knew it was a nymph. Thanks again!
Kind regards,

Update:  Possibly Ouranion species.
Thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who sent a comment that this appears to be a member of the genus
Ouranion.  According to iNaturalist, Ouranion and Thasus are in the same tribe Nematopodini.

Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Newton, Ma
Date: 04/09/2021
Time: 12:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, we have found one of these bugs inside the house every few weeks.  Slow moving, sitting on the wall (or today, on the headboard).   We catch and have put outside but would like to know if they are pests or not!
How you want your letter signed:  Bernard

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Bernard,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species native to the Pacific Northwest.  Sometime in the 1960s, perhaps an early indication of global warming or possibly due to increased human travel, the Western Conifer Seed Bug began to expand its range and it is now quite common in the eastern portions of North America.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug seeks shelter indoors to hibernate and most of our requests come from folks like you who find them in the home.

Subject:  Like a wasp in an aquarium
Geographic location of the bug:  Poland
Date: 11/28/2019
Time: 01:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found a bug in my aquarium with fishes. It was flat bug that looked even like it was made of plastic. Is it possible that it was growing in the aquarium?
How you want your letter signed:  Edie

Drowned Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Edie,
This is an invasive Western Conifer Seed Bug and it did not grow in your aquarium.  It must have fallen in and drowned.  This North American species, which is pictured on BugGuide, is invasive in Europe.

Subject:  Strange bug on driveway
Geographic location of the bug:  Highlands of Rep of Panama,Boquete specifically
Date: 09/28/2019
Time: 10:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please look at this and identify him/her. Suggestion given by neighbours is a harlequin bug but I don’t think so, the ‘leaves’ on the legs don’t seem to be on any photos I looked at for Harlequins.
How you want your letter signed:  Carol

Flag Footed Bug

Dear Carol,
This is a Flag Footed Bug, 
Anisocelis flavolineata.  The species is pictured on Project Noah.