Subject: Eastern Boxelder Bugs
Location: Northeast Alabama
November 11, 2012 4:36 pm
Found these bugs on and around this tree in my yard. thought I would share.
The bark on this tree resembles that of a maple. Do you know if the tree is a maple? We also suspect this spot on the bark faces south and it might get late afternoon sun, though there was very flat lighting at the time your photo was taken. Boxelder Bugs are sometimes called Democrat Bugs, and it would be interesting to see if there is any correlation to the parts of the country where Democrat Bug is used and the party makeup of the inhabitants there.
Don’t know the type of tree it is. The spot on the bark does face the south.
We took a closer look at your third photo, which up until now we had not posted, and some of the leaves on the ground appear to be maple. Other leaves look like Oak. To the best of our knowledge, the food source for this species are seeds of boxelder and other maple trees.