can you tell me what this bug is?
I live in Oakland, California and I found this bug on my outside my window. I have never seen anything like it. Can you tell me what it is?
Thanks. ~ Jeni

Hi Jeni,
It is difficult to be certain as your photo is blurry. It is definitely a True Bug or Hemipteran. Judging by the silhouette and coloration, I’m guessing a Brochymena. These are brown to mottled grey with a pebbly surface, from 1/2 to 5/8 inch long. Their coloration makes them difficult to spot on the bark of trees. They prey on caterpillars and other soft injurious insects, hence they are beneficial in the garden and in orchards.

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