Subject: what is it?
Location: Jersey City, NJ 07306
July 28, 2012 6:03 pm
I FOUND THIS BUG CRAWLING ON THE WALL ON THE SIDE OF MY HOUSE. WHAT IS IT? IS IT HARMFUL? HOW DO I SEARCH TO SEE IF IT HAS FRIENDS? How do protect against it?
Formerly known as a Negro Bug, the more politically correct Ebony Bug has become the more accepted common name for insects in the family Thyreocoridae. They are also sometimes simply called Black Bugs. According to BugGuide, they are: “Shiny black, broad oval, convex shape. Tibiae have no spines or slender ones. Large scutellum covers most of abdomen and wings. Look like beetles but have 5-segmented antennae and 4-segmented beak.” BugGuide also notes: “Common on flowers and other vegetation” and they will not harmful to your home.
Correction: July 24, 2017
Upon posting a new image of what we believe to be an immature Burrowing Bug, we are rethinking this old posting and we now believe, based on this BugGuide image, that this too is an immature Burrowing Bug. The BugGuide description is “body usually ovoid, heavily sclerotized, dark, legs often spiny.”