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Subject:  bugs on house siding
Geographic location of the bug:  agawam, ma
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 02:43 PM EDT
tons of these bugs on outside of house. never had them before
How you want your letter signed:  Don Williams

Eastern Boxelder Bug

Dear Don,
This is an Eastern Boxelder Bug, a species that often aggregates in large numbers.  Houses with light colored, south facing walls that are in the sun are favorite locations for aggregating.  Eastern Boxelder Bugs are also known to enter homes to hibernate once weather begins to cool.  The aggregations have led to common names like Populist Bug and Democrat Bug. 

 

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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Swarming in Akron
How you want your letter signed:  Aaa

Eastern Boxelder Bug

Dear Aaa,
This is an Eastern Boxelder Bug, sometimes called a Populist Bug or Democrat Bug because of the large number of individuals that aggregate together, often in the autumn on light colored walls with sunny exposures.  Eastern Boxelder Bugs are also known to enter homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  Interestingly, the Western Boxelder Bug is our current Bug of the Month.

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Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lexington washington
Date: 10/31/2017
Time: 06:46 PM EDT
This bug has been found in my bedroom.  I have an air conditioner in my window so I think it’s getting in through the cracks.
It has a red belly and wings but haven’t seen it fly.
How you want your letter signed:  Carol

Western Bexelder Bug

Dear Carol,
This is a Western Boxelder Bug, a species that frequently seeks shelter indoors.

 

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Subject:  Can figure this bug out
Geographic location of the bug:  In Virginia
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 05:16 PM EDT
Ive done everything to find out what this bug is please help me
How you want your letter signed:  Alyssa

Immature Scentless Plant Bugs

Dear Alyssa,
These are Scentless Plant Bugs,
Niesthrea louisianica, and they have no common name.  They are frequently found feeding on Rose of Sharon.

Immature Scentless Plant Bugs

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Subject:  Ladybug like insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Virginia
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 06:35 PM EDT
We can’t seem to find this bug anywhere, any help identifying it would be appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  DBrown

Scentless Plant Bug nymph: Niesthrea louisianica

Dear DBrown,
Thanks for sending larger images.  This is an immature
Niesthrea louisianica, a Scentless Plant Bug in the family Rhopalidae with no common name.  They are often found feeding on Rose of Sharon.

Thanks so much, several of us didn’t have any luck finding it online even tried google image search. Your book link takes me to Amazon, do you have your own store you sell them through?

Alas, What’s That Bug? is not selling Daniel’s book The Curious World of Bugs.

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Subject:  Beetle ? Pine Borer ?
Geographic location of the bug:  North New Jersey
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 05:25 PM EDT
I just cut down 2 large white pine trees a couple months ago. Now I am finding what I swear are 1 million of these bugs on my other trees and in the fallen pine needles.
I dont know if they are harmful to humans, my pets or the other trees, whether they should be left alone, removed somehow.
Any help would be appreciated.
thanks,
How you want your letter signed:  Bob

Eastern Boxelder Bug Nymphs

Dear Bob,
These are Eastern Boxelder Bug nymphs, and although they are harmless, when they are present in large numbers, they can be quite a nuisance.  They are sometimes called Democrat Bugs.

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