Kissing bug in Kalamazoo? #726945 - Ask Extension


Kissing bug in Kalamazoo? #726945

Asked September 25, 2020, 7:29 PM EDT

Hello, I live in Kalamazoo, and my tiny front yard (<40’x40’) is nothing but Michigan native plants and garden boxes (lots of cool bugs, but may be able to harbor unwelcome bugs too). We found this right inside our front door...on its back, but alive. It is about 0.5” long. I have it in our freezer, so would be happy to send more/better pics if necessary. Thank you!

Kalamazoo County Michigan

Expert Response


I don't think that is a kissing bug but I would like examine it to be sure.  Please send it to me.

To preserve and protect fragile specimens, it’s always best to submit insects in a small leak proof vial filled with rubbing alcohol or vinegar (the postal service prefers you send them in vinegar).  Place the vial in a small zip-lock baggie, then in a small box or mailing tube and mail to

Plant and Pest Diagnostics
578 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing MI 48824-6469

Be sure to include a note with your contact information including your email address.

You can download one of our submittal forms here..

Here is our location:

Regards, Howard

Howard Russell Replied September 26, 2020, 6:49 AM EDT

Thank you for the prompt response. We plan to ship it later today. 
The Question Asker Replied September 26, 2020, 10:57 AM EDT
Thanks so much and I love the decorations on the box.  Please pass on my regards to the decorator(s).

Howard Russell Replied September 27, 2020, 8:28 AM EDT

So not a kissing bug? Is it some kind of squash bug? Thank you for your expertise!
The Question Asker Replied October 18, 2020, 2:13 PM EDT
Hi Amy,

Your bug is definitely not a kissing bug but I am still trying to figure out exactly what species it is.  If I am able to get an ID, I will let you know you.

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. 

Howard Russell Replied October 19, 2020, 8:35 AM EDT
Well that is good news. Thank you for your message! I will definitely be curious to know what it is if you ID it!

Thanks again!
The Question Asker Replied October 19, 2020, 10:00 AM EDT

Hello again Amy,

I think your bug is a Spined assassin bug, Sinea diadema (Reduviidae)



Howard Russell Replied October 19, 2020, 10:48 AM EDT

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