Subject: Mystery bug in great numbers
Geographic location of the bug: Houston, TX
Time: 02:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: These mystery bugs have been found in great numbers in our backyard and behind our fence in a wetland. They don’t fly but crawl all over the place and only appeared after Hurricane Harvey flooded our whole area very badly for an extended time.
The chickens won’t eat them at all, unfortunately. I can’t find them anywhere on the web. Not sure if we should try to eradicate them or if they are harmless.
How you want your letter signed: KK Rush
Dear KK Rush,
These appear to be Bordered Plant Bugs, Largus bipustulatus, which are pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide, they are: “ground-dwelling or associated with the vegetative parts of forbs, shrubs and trees.”
Thank you so much! I swear I dug around all through the ‘net.
I sure wish the chickens would eat them.