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09-26-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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What's this bug?

Found this a few days ago and took a picture of it. Pretty ugly bug with beady red eyes. It can fly, but not for an extended period of time as far as I can tell. It's also not very skittish for a bug. I've never seen it before -- anybody know what it is?

Picture was taken moments before it was killed.

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09-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #2
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Did it smell bad when it was killed?
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If you are lucky Blue might see your question. He is good on bugs.
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Did it smell bad when it was killed?
I didn't squish the bug -- I took a tissue to pick it up and flushed it down the toilet.

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I didn't squish the bug -- I took a tissue to pick it up and flushed it down the toilet.
It does look a lot like a stinkbug.
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It might be a member of the Hemiptera ("true bugs") but it's hard to tell without seeing the dorsal surface. There are over 50,000 species of Hemiptera in the world (including stink bugs). On which continent did you see it?

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I believe it's an assassin bug. If you don't like insects, you shouldn't have killed it. It's a predator.

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Has a big long straight proboscis. Could be a clue.
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-I don't think it's an assassin bug, since the photos I saw of the assassin bug showed that the eyes were black. The bug I killed has smaller and beadier looking red eyes.
-I live in the Seattle, WA area
-It does...kind of look like a stink bug. Oh great. However, the body is skinnier than in the photos. The stinkbug looks...fatter.

I did some internet searching and it might be this: leaf footed bug
http://digitalinsectcollection.wikispaces.com/Leaf-Footed+Pine+Seed+Bug

However, according to that link those insects don't live in the northwest. I've never seen this bug before but in the past 1-2 weeks I've seen four of them.
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Sure looks like a stink beetle to me.
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If it is a Leaf-Footed Pine Seed Bug it's every bit as destructive as a stink bug, and it defends itself the same way. Perhaps you should check with the state to see if they have been reported as an invasive species.
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If you are lucky Blue might see your question. He is good on bugs.
Hysterical I believe it is a leaf footed bug but I'm not sure which one. But it is a true bug in the family Coreidae.

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Cool. Thanks for the help everyone! Initially I thought it was something poisonous because it didn't seem scared of me at all
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Yep, leaf footed bug. That big rear leg is the clue. I don't know which one either, but I see them in Texas and Louisiana too. Very similar to this one...

when saving this shot I named it stinkbug, and later found out it was actually a leaf footed bug. Very similar to yours.

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Yup, that's a dead ringer for the bug I saw! Mystery solved. Your bug has a weird white eye though.
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