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Litte red bugs, on a cicada shell?
August 7, 2009
I found these little red bugs which look like ants with tiny antennas all over a cicada shell. I have no idea what they are!
Shannon
Oklahoma

Hemipteran Nymphs on Cicada Exoskeleton

Hemipteran Nymphs on Cicada Exoskeleton

Dear Shannon,
All we are able to determine from your photo is that these are immature Hemipterans, but why they are on the Cicada exoskeleton is the curious question.  We believe the Hemipterans might be immature Milkweed Assassin Bugs, but your photo lacks the detail necessary to be certain.  It is possible there were fluids left after the Cicada metamorphosis, and the Assassin Nymphs are feeding on the fluids.

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3 Responses to Immature Hemipterans on Cicada Exoskeleton

  1. Morgan says:

    hey bug people!
    these tiny little “red ants” are actually box elder beetles. the adults are about 3/4 of an inch long, black w/ orange markings.

  2. drswanny says:

    Not milkweed assassins in Oklahoma since Zelus longipes is a coastal species. I doubt they are assassins, actually. I was thinking coreids but box elder bugs (Rhopalidae) are a possibility so let’s say something in the Coreoidea.

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