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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Mar 20, 2018 10:08 PM CST
Saw this outside my back door. Anyone know what it is?

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Mar 20, 2018 11:37 PM CST
An assassin bug of some kind, I think.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Mar 20, 2018 11:40 PM CST
I think it is some type of "stink bug". Yes, that is what they are collectively know as.
They have that characteristic 'shield shape' and a pointed snout.?
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Mar 20, 2018 11:43 PM CST
I think assassin bugs are beneficial. But not by my door!

Let's see if anyone else has an answer.
(Bill — we cross posted. You type faster than I do. (Maybe even think faster.)
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Mar 21, 2018 5:08 AM CST
Leaf-footed bug, Leptoglossus. I don't think it is Leptoglossus zonatus because it is missing the marks behind the head. Maybe L. clypealis?

L. zonatus showing the marks that are missing from the ID bug:

L. clypealis:

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Mar 21, 2018 8:24 AM CST
Agree with leaf foot bug.
They show up in huge numbers, and ruin the maters.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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Mar 21, 2018 8:57 AM CST
Looks a lot like a stink bug as Bill pointed out. If you squash it, it will release a very pungent stinky odor. It is a bad bug, IMHO.

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