Ugly Bugs?

Andy Deans of NCSU rightly rakes ASU over the coals for their Ugly Bugs contest:

Denigrating insect species, broadly labeled here as bugs does a disservice to those of us who fight daily to convince a skeptical public...

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What was the mystery? It's a unique-headed bug in the enigmatic family Enicocephalidae. These soil-dwelling insects are predators of other arthropods. They are of phylogenetic interest as a potential sister lineage to the remaining Heteroptera, the true bugs. Enicocephalids aren't terribly common…

Yes, and if you look at the intended educational outreach--the information page linked to each photo--it is fairly inaccurate (or should I say "buggy"?).

The aphid is identified as "Fighting from the order of: Hymenoptera." The carpenter bee isn't identified as an Hymenopteran--that line is left blank.

Just fyi, your sentiments are shared by those of us at ASU too...