Subject: What type of insect is this?
Location: Southern California
July 3, 2017 10:53 am
We are at the beginning of summer, and we’ve experienced strong heat in my region this past week. This comes after decent winter rainfall. I live in southern california near the San Bernardino mountains. These small insects have been staring my backyard in large numbers, I first thought they were mosquitoes, but after taking a few close up shots I’m having second thought. Can you help us identify this bug?
This might be a Dirt Colored Seed Bug in the family Rhyparochromidae which is pictured on BugGuide. There are several invasive, exotic species currently causing problems in western North America, but we do not believe this is either the Mediterranean Seed Bug or the Elm Seed Bug.