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Well, maybe this is a question more suited to Stack Overflow, but anyway, I am curious, which insect is the one in the logo of the PHP bugs site? Is it an actual insect or just a generic "bug"?

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It seems like some kind of Hemiptera for me, probably some kind of "true bug". A quick google search about these insects and I found the Hemiptera suborder Heteroptera, and this critter is probably from this group.

I tried to search by the image in google images, but only found the logo itself, in the same low resolution is the image above (I was not able to find a better version of it). I tried to remove the background from the image then, but still I didn't get any photo of the possible species of this logo.

EDIT: this was the PHP bugs logo up until 24th July 2017; the next day it was changed to another different "bug". This question is about the former logo, not the current one.

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It is an actual insect, Lethocerus americanus, also known as Giant Water Bug. See:

Giant Water Bug (Lethocerus americanus) - London, Ontario 01.jpg from Wikicommons

Matches the colors, body shape and small eyes and head. And yes, they are very annoying. As expected from real bugs. You know, like the first one.

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Most probably it is Boxelder bug, since their other logo clearly depicts it as seen here

As per wikipedia

The boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata) is a North American species of true bug. Trivittata is from the Latin tri (three) + vittata (banded). Their congregation habits and excreta can annoy people; for this reason, they are considered nuisance pests.

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  • $\begingroup$ Really, this bug is pretty similar to the one in my logo; the only difference I am seeing is the red coloration, but this can be a graphic design adjust for the logo; unhappily I was not able to find a better resolution version of that logo to compare the details... $\endgroup$ – Brian Hellekin Mar 7 '17 at 2:30
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    $\begingroup$ Very light orange like coloration can be seen at back of insect in that logo too. Se their other logo which clearly shows that insect $\endgroup$ – JM97 Mar 7 '17 at 2:32
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    $\begingroup$ yes, you are right, in the other logo the coloration is pretty clear; I'll wait a bit if another answer comes, but I think this is the correct one. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Brian Hellekin Mar 7 '17 at 2:43

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