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Subject: Unidentified beetles
Location: San Angelo, TX
May 29, 2017 8:57 am
Here are two unidentified beetles captured in an intimate moment on a fence in West Texas.
Exact location is in the photo metadata. Picture taken on 29 May 17.
Signature: Matt in San Angelo, TX

Mating Bordered Plant Bugs

Dear Matt,
These are NOT beetles.  They are mating Bordered Plant Bugs in the genus
Largus.  According to BugGuide:  “genus under revision.”

Subject: Please identify
Location: Reno NV
March 31, 2017 3:05 pm
I moved into a new house in Reno, NV. There’s lots of trees and ground cover. This insect is all over my yard, especially in the ground cover. We saw them a lot in August last year too. Right now they are a little annoying, but I want to know if I need to protect my plants, kids, etc. I’m pretty sure they are a beetle, 2 sets of wings, mainly black, some orange/red marks on the back, red body under the wing, and when they breed they connect with their tail ends and walk around.
Signature: Stephanie

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Stephanie,
This is a Western Boxelder Bug, and while they can be a nuisance if they are plentiful, they pose no threat to you, your pets, your home or your plants.

Subject: Camarillo Ca bug
Location: Camarillo, CA
March 18, 2017 5:55 pm
My search only finds a Box Elder bug. Is this what this is?
They are all over my yard.
Signature: Jim

Red Shouldered Bug

Dear Jim,
This is a Red Shouldered Bug,
Jadera haematoloma, not a Boxelder Bug, though they are closely related.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Yards, gardens, riparian areas, and other areas in association with hostplants. Often found in large aggregations feeding on leaking tree sap, dead insects, or seeds that have fallen from trees overhead. Also forms aggregations in winter to hibernate, often in association with human residences.”

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Upstate NY Catskill Mountains
February 23, 2017 11:05 am
In the past 2 weeks, I’ve noticed these bugs crawling around in broad daylight. They resemble a roach but my husband swears it’s not. I see about 10 on any given day. They are seen sporadically anywhere, kitchen floor, living room floor, etc. Never seen on countertops but the thought of bugs in my home gives me the creeps. Could you please help me out here and identify this bug. It started about 2 weeks ago, as the weather has been warming up here in the Catskill Mountains, Upstate, NY.
Signature: Marie

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Upstate NY Catskill Mountains
February 23, 2017 11:28 am
I just recently sent you a inquiry if you could help me identify this bug that we’ve seen more and more in the past 2 weeks. Seems like since the weather got a bit warmer, we’ve suddenly seen this bug. Looks like a cockroach to me, but my husband says it’s not. Other people up here in Upstate New York, Catskill mountains, have also seen them and don’t know what they are. Can you help me out with identifying this pest? Never see them on the kitchen counters, and see about 10 a day in broad daylight. Has six legs and antennae. Dark brownish in color, and I believe they have wings, but I’ve never seen them fly. About 1/4 -1/2 inch in size. Have spotted them throughout our first floor. We do have an unfinished basement that get occasional water from rain. So please see if you can let me know what they are and what I can do to get rid of them. Thanks so much.

Eastern Boxelder Bugs

Dear Marie,
You have Eastern Boxelder Bugs, a species known to form large aggregations outdoors and to seek shelter indoors to hibernate once the weather cools.  Once the weather begins to warm again, the hibernating Eastern Boxelder Bugs become active and attempt to gain egress to the outdoors, at which point they are noticed.  Eastern Boxelder Bugs are harmless, and they will not damage your home, but they can become a nuisance when they are plentiful.

Thank you so much Daniel.  You were a big help.  Not sure how to get rid of them though.  Any ideas?


Subject: 2 bugs to identify
Location: Petaluma, CA
February 7, 2017 11:38 am
These are 2 bugs that I saw in my garden March 2016. Please identify them for me. Thank you so much!!
Signature: Sharon Risedorph

Bordered Plant Bug

Dear Sharon,
This is a Bordered Plant Bug in the genus
Largus, most likely Largus californicus.  According to BugGuide, they feed on:  “Mostly plants (flowers, leaves, fruit) from a range of families, with a preference for Lupines. L. californicus is not considered a “pest species” of economic importance.”  Your other insect looks like an Earwig.

Subject: Black & Red Insect
Location: Cyprus
February 4, 2017 10:54 am
I found this inside my house today. I live in Cyprus in the Mediterranean. Can you tell me what it is please & is it dangerous?
Signature: Kazza

Scentless Plant Bug

Dear Kazza,
We quickly located your Scentless Plant Bug,
Corizus hyoscyami, on FlickR, and we verified its identity on British Bugs where it states:  “In addition to the distinctive markings, C. hyoscyami is further distinguished by its hairiness and the numerous veins in the apical wing membrane, characteristic of all Rhopalidae.  Although historically confined to the coasts of southern Britain, this species is now found inland throughout England and Wales as far north as Yorkshire. It is associated with a range of plants, and overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August-September. Nymphs are yellow/red-brown in colour and also rather hairy.”