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Ugliest bugs in the yard
Greetings Bugman,
I’d like to nominate these bugs for the "Ugliest Bug In The Yard" contest. They’re just short of 1/2 inch long and were living under the loose bark of a huge, ancient, dead white oak stump – the oak fell under its own weight about 3 years ago, in Elkton, Oregon. The raised dark spot in the center of the back is very reflective when light hits it at the proper angle. Any idea what these beauties are? Thanks,

Hi John,
Your bugs are True Bugs known as Flat Bugs in the family Aradidae and the genus Neruoctenus as evidenced on BugGuide. They feed on fungi under bark.

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3 Responses to Flat Bugs

  1. jasondickerson says:

    What type is this bug, shorter than the size of rice and brown in dry food and cabinets.

  2. charmaine jackson says:

    Someone brought a bug to me that I can’t identify. it looks like a box elder bug with a broad white hourglass pattern on it’s top side. It’s about 1.25 inches long.

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