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Possibly Seed Bug Infestation

Seed Bug Infestation:  Oxycarenus lavaterae

Subject: Naming bug
Location: Malta (Mediterranean)
October 16, 2014 10:03 am
I have had a literal infestation of this bug lately in my garden. Can you help me identifying it?
Signature: Paul

Hi Paul,
These are True Bugs, possibly Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae, but we have not had any luck with a species identification.  We wish your image was of higher resolution.  Can you identify the fruit upon which they are feeding?

Ed Note:  Paul commented back with a species identification of Oxycarenus lavaterae and we are able to confirm that thanks to this posting on BioLib.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Berwyn, Illinois
October 6, 2014 12:49 pm
Hi! This fellow was sitting on a leaf in suburban Chicago today.
Signature: Debbie Mercer

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Debbie,
This looks to us like a Large Milkweed Bug, but for some reason, its beautiful, aposomatic wings have been ripped off.  We cannot imagine what could have done this.  It does not seem like a natural accident, nor does it seem like predation thwarted.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Southern California
July 27, 2014 3:10 pm
We see this but a lot in our garden here in San Marino California., which is right next to Pasadena, CA. We would love to know what it is. Thank you!
Signature: Mirta

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Mirta,
We suspect you must have milkweed in your garden.  This is a Large Milkweed Bug,
Oncopeltus fasciatus, and it will feed on the seeds of milkweed, but otherwise does not harm the plant.  See BugGuide for more information on the Large Milkweed Bug.

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Subject: everywhere
Location: Lewiston Idaho hot dry low elevation pacific northwest
July 8, 2014 6:37 pm
These little tiny beetle shaped insects fly all over they just came out of every crevasse of the house they are dark brown and there are tons they are like termites in basically but I’m not sure I don’t think it is a type of termite please help
Signature: they’re everywhere

Elm Seed Bug

Elm Seed Bug

Dear t.e.,
Last year we posted a letter, also from Idaho, regarding an infestation of Elm Seed Bugs,
Arocatus melanocephalus, and since that time, we have received many comments.  ABC News reported on this dilemma a year earlier in July 2012.  Boise local KTVB News also reported on this infestation last July.  This is an invasive species introduced from Europe, and until a natural predator is discovered, we suspect they will continue to spread in North America.

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Subject: What Is This May I Ask?
Location: Arkansas, USA
June 5, 2014 3:24 am
Found several of these around the edge of the vanity sink. Some of they have even crawled into my towels. Can you help me identify what this bug is?
Signature: Lee

Long Necked Seed Bug

Long Necked Seed Bug

Hi Lee,
This looks like a Long Necked Seed Bug,
Myodocha serripes, but we cannot tell you why it has entered the home.  Though they hibernate, this is the wrong season to find them indoors.  There is more information available on BugGuide.

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Subject: Neacoryphus lateralis?
Location: Santa Fe, NM
May 3, 2014 1:08 pm
I was walking around Santa Fe, NM yesterday and somehow ended up with this guy tangled in my hair! My sister extricated it and identified it as some sort of benign seed bug, so we released it nearby after taking some pictures. It looks to me like the Neacoryphus lateralis specimens in your site’s seed bug files. I don’t remember seeing any other individuals in the area, though–just this one!
Signature: Cat

Seed Bug:  Melacoryphus lateralis

Seed Bug: Melacoryphus lateralis

Dear Cat,
We are in total agreement with your identification, but in the interest of modern taxonomy, we need to make a correction.  The genus for this Seed Bug is now listed on BugGuide as being
Melacoryphus lateralis, and there is a note:  “Orig. Comb: Neacoryphus lateralis Dallas, 1852″ which implies genus lumping.

Seed Bug:  Melacoryphus lateralis

Seed Bug: Melacoryphus lateralis

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