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Subject:  Can figure this bug out
Geographic location of the bug:  In Virginia
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 05:16 PM EDT
Ive done everything to find out what this bug is please help me
How you want your letter signed:  Alyssa

Immature Scentless Plant Bugs

Dear Alyssa,
These are Scentless Plant Bugs,
Niesthrea louisianica, and they have no common name.  They are frequently found feeding on Rose of Sharon.

Immature Scentless Plant Bugs

Subject:  Ladybug like insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Virginia
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 06:35 PM EDT
We can’t seem to find this bug anywhere, any help identifying it would be appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  DBrown

Scentless Plant Bug nymph: Niesthrea louisianica

Dear DBrown,
Thanks for sending larger images.  This is an immature
Niesthrea louisianica, a Scentless Plant Bug in the family Rhopalidae with no common name.  They are often found feeding on Rose of Sharon.

Thanks so much, several of us didn’t have any luck finding it online even tried google image search. Your book link takes me to Amazon, do you have your own store you sell them through?

Alas, What’s That Bug? is not selling Daniel’s book The Curious World of Bugs.

Subject:  Beetle ? Pine Borer ?
Geographic location of the bug:  North New Jersey
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 05:25 PM EDT
I just cut down 2 large white pine trees a couple months ago. Now I am finding what I swear are 1 million of these bugs on my other trees and in the fallen pine needles.
I dont know if they are harmful to humans, my pets or the other trees, whether they should be left alone, removed somehow.
Any help would be appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Bob

Eastern Boxelder Bug Nymphs

Dear Bob,
These are Eastern Boxelder Bug nymphs, and although they are harmless, when they are present in large numbers, they can be quite a nuisance.  They are sometimes called Democrat Bugs.

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Assam, India
Date: 08/30/2017
Time: 06:11 AM EDT
Please identify the insect
How you want your letter signed:  Don’t know

Giant Red Bug

We believe we have correctly identified your insect as a female Giant Red Bug, Macrocheraia grandis, thanks to Insects in Indian Agroecosystems, and the site includes this nice image of a pair, with the female on the left.  According to Revolvy:  “The abdomen of the male is long and extends well beyond the wingtip.”  Jungle Dragon also has a nice image and iNaturalist only has images of male Giant Red Bugs, a phenomenon that is consistent on the internet.  Images of female Giant Red Bugs like the one you submitted are not as common.

Subject: Please identify
Location: Albany NY
July 10, 2017 10:08 am
1/48to 3/8″ long
In fkower bed near Alany NY
First appeared in June. WHole bunches clustered on edging.
Signature: Ann

Eastern Boxelder Bug Nymph

Dear Ann,
This is an immature Eastern Boxelder Bug nymph, and immature individuals are known to aggregate in tremendous numbers with adults, leading to the use of the common name Democrat Bug.  Other similar looking, closely related insects that also form large aggregations include the Western Boxelder Bugs and Red Shouldered Bugs.

Subject: mystery bug
Location: Southern California
June 28, 2017 8:10 am
Hi. Please identify this bug for me. I think it is an actual bug (Hemiptera). Thanks.

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Lanny,
This is a Western Boxelder Bug and they are known to form large aggregations when conditions are favorable.

Thanks, Daniel. That was fast! I saw a pic of a boxelder bug on your site and thought it looked similar but we don’t have boxelders growing in this area. Does it feed or host on another Southern California plant?
Lanny Kaufer

Hi Lanny,
According to BugGuide they will feed on many species of maple as well as other trees:  “hosts:
Acer grandifolium (Bigleaf Maple), A. negundo (Boxelder), A. saccharinum (Silver Maple), Koelreuteria paniculata (Goldenrain Tree), and Sapindus saponaria (Western Soapberry)  Flowers and young seeds are preferred, so female trees often support larger populations; may also feed on foliage, on sap seeping from wounds on branches/trunks, and on fallen seeds. They will sometimes feed on trees of the Rose Family (Malus, Pyrus, Prunus, etc.) and cause minor damage to commercial fruit (rarely). They are recorded to feed on plants as diverse as Grass, Alfalfa, and Potatoes. It is even common to see them gathered and sucking fluids from other substances such as discarded human food, smashed insects, etc.”

There are Bigleaf Maples in the creek where this one was seen so that would explain its presence.
Thanks again!