Currently viewing the category: "True Bugs"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Some kind of Stink Bug(I think)
Location: Mims, Florida
March 31, 2015 9:08 pm
I took these pictures yesterday of what I originally thought was a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, but after viewing pictures of them online I was unable to find any comparable color patterns.
Signature: Zach

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug

Dear Zach,
You are correct that this is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, but we needed to research its identity.  Relatively quickly we located the Featured Creatures site indicating that this is a Black Stink Bug,
Proxys punctulatus, and this information is provided:  “The biology of the black stink bug, Proxys punctulatus (Palisot), is not well known. It has a broad geographical range in the Americas but does not appear to damage agricultural crops as do other more important pentatomids. Black stink bugs appear to be facultative feeders on plants and other insects.”  The host plants are listed as:  “Black stink bugs have been collected in cotton, soybean and citrus. They feed on plant juices, with some documented association with Commelina (dayflowers) species. Although the black stink bug is a phytophagous species, it can also be predaceous, and has been found attacking insect larvae in cotton.”  Additional information can be found on BugGuide.  It seems the only other image of a Black Stink Bug in our archives is nine years old.

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug

Amy Gosch, Sue Dougherty, Andrea Leonard Drummond liked this post
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Little black and orange bugs
Location: Mojave, California
March 26, 2015 12:47 pm
I work in Mojave, CA and a bunch of these little guys live right outside my workplace. The thorax is a blackish/grey color while the abdomen is bright orange with symmetrical black spots. The wing coverings are orange with black shapes and two little white dots. They have six legs, two antenna, and are about the length of a thumbnail. They’re always out and about during the day, and most of them appear to be mating at this time. I tried looking them up online but couldn’t find anything so hopefully you can help me out!
Signature: Lexi

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Dear Lexi,
These are mating Small Milkweed Bugs,
Lygaeus kalmii, and they are generally found in conjunction with milkweed, though they may feed on other plants as well.  You can read more about Small Milkweed Bugs on BugGuide.

Small Milkweed Bug

Small Milkweed Bug

Andrea Leonard Drummond liked this post
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Santa Barbara California
March 27, 2015 6:42 pm
My backyard has been completely over run by thousands of these bugs over last 6 months. What are they?
Signature: Jeff

Red Shouldered Bug

Red Shouldered Bug

Dear Jeff,
This is a Red Shouldered Bug,
Jadera haematoloma, and 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.”  BugGuide has a list of host plants, and eliminating the food source should help to control the numbers of Red Shouldered Bugs in your yard.

Andrea Leonard Drummond, Sue Dougherty liked this post
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Art bug?
Location: Jordan Valley, Israel
March 29, 2015 12:30 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this beauty on the front fender of an ATV while ona jeep trip in the Jordan Valley yesterday.
I took a picture and then let him go (a safe distance from the ATV).
I didn’t find anything on my morning research session, but I’ll keep trying. My main source of Israel Insect information is the Israel Insect World website http://israel-nature-site.com, but there are no photos of bug nymphs on it.
Any ideas?
Signature: Ben from Israel

Stink Bug Nymph

Stink Bug Nymph

Hi Ben,
This is an immature Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, and based on its size, it is a very early instar.  It is possible that its markings and coloration may change during each of its five instar phases, and it is also possible that there is great variation within a species.  With all that said, we were unable to locate a species match during a quick internet search.

Alfonso Moreno, Rachel Carpenter, Melissa Leigh Cooley, Amy Gosch, Alisha Bragg, Sue Dougherty, Megan Rivera-Franceschi, Mary Lemmink Lawrence, Tynisha Koenigsaecker, Andrea Leonard Drummond liked this post
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: SE Oregon in March
Location: Near Malheur Basin in Burns, OR
March 27, 2015 10:10 am
Found this crawling across a parking lot in Burns, OR. Looks almost cockroach-like, but doesn’t have antennae.
Signature: Visiting in Burns

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Visiting in Burns,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter, an aquatic predator that can also fly from pond to pond in search of prey.
  The Giant Water Bug was our featured Bug of the Month in June 2008.

Sue Dougherty, Sandra Mason Comer, Alisha Bragg liked this post
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Red Bug
Location: South Africa
March 23, 2015 2:45 am
Can you please identify these bugs. Notice one is different than the other. They are pairing most of the time. Regards.
Signature: Jannie du Plessis

Red Bugs

Red Bugs

Hi Jannie,
You have a group of immature Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae and one winged adult.  When we have more time, we will attempt a species identification for you, but meanwhile, you can browse iSpot for the correct identification.  We believe these are Cotton Stainers.

 

Sue Dougherty, Amy Gosch liked this post
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination