May 20, 2015 12:05 pm
This is a Long Necked Seed Bug, Myodocha serripes, and according to BugGuide, they feed on: “Seeds of strawberry and St. John’s wort. Sometimes a pest of strawberries.” There is contradictory information in the El Dorado Springs Sun Online in an article LONG-NECK SEED BUGS BENEFICIAL IN STRAWBERRIES where it states: “Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, has seen several long-neck seed bugs in many strawberry patches during the late spring. ‘Long-necked seed bugs are a beneficial insect in strawberries,’ said Scheidt.” The article contains information from another expert: “They can be found under leaf litter in early spring and in fields and under artificial lights in the summer. Long-necked seed bugs overwinter in woodland and migrate to fields in the spring and summer; they are attracted to lights. According to Richard Houseman, University of Missouri plant sciences professor, long-neck seed bugs will sometimes feed on strawberry seeds but are rarely a threat needing treatment. They do feed on pests like St. John’s wort and other small insects.” Do you live near where strawberries are cultivated?