Aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs

Subject: What is this red bug?
Location: At the gulf coast in Corpus Christi, TX
March 1, 2014 5:17 pm
I recently saw this bugs in the side of my garage. I was afraid to get closer but I will say they are about 1/8 of an inch long to perhaps 1/4. I started feeling a rash so I left right after taking the pics
Signature: Liz Ramirez

Aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs
Aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs

Dear Liz,
This is an aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs,
Jadera haematoloma, including mating adults as well as immature nymphs of various instars or stages of development.  We believe your rash was triggered by an emotional reaction, however, we have no qualifications to diagnose psychological syndromes.  To the best of our knowledge, Red Shouldered Bugs are perfectly harmless, though they may create a nuisance if they are numerous. 

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