Subject: True bug ID request
Location: Ming Tombs, Shisanlingzhen (North Beijing), China
November 18, 2012 5:53 pm
Attached is an image of an insect found on a stone wall of the historic Ming Tombs in Beijing, China.
I’m sorry to say, it was about the only insect I saw on my entire 2 week visit to the country.
It appears to me to be some sort of True Bug, like a Box Elder, though of a Chinese variety.
Your help in identifying this guy, or pointing me to any resources that would help in identification would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Signature: Shane Fitzgibbons
Thanks for sending in this photo of a Chinese True Bug. Our best guess is that it is most likely a Seed Bug in the family Lygaeidae or Scentless Plant Bug in the family Rhopalidae. The latter is the family that includes Boxelder Bugs. We haven’t the time to research this right now, and we are postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office during the Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps during our absence, one of our readers will be able to supply a species identification for you.