Subject: Black and red bug MD
Location: MD, near Arnold
August 6, 2017 5:33 pm
Photo of black bug w/red “rear lights”. On a textured wall MD 2014 June. Paerhaps 30 crawling the wall None seen flying, but none observed climbing the wall. Mid-morning. Not shield-shaped, nor round/oval like ladybugs. Nothing white. See picture of the ~0.5 cm bugs. Any help much appreciated. None were touched…no smell apparent. Not at all aggressive but neither were they fearful.
Signature: William Hoffman
Despite their common name, these Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymphs have a range that greatly exceeds the Sunshine State. They are beneficial predators in the garden. When young they tend to hunt in a pack.
These nymphs will continue to grow, passing through five different instars before they molt into winged adult Florida Predatory Stink Bugs, sometimes called Halloween Bugs.