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Subject:  Bugs on Butterlfy weed plant
Geographic location of the bug:  Annapolis, MD USA
Date: 06/19/2019
Time: 11:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen orange and blank milkweed bugs before, but these are bright pink and blue.
How you want your letter signed:  zelda

Why are Eastern Boxelder Bug nymphs on Milkweed?

Dear Zelda,
These are immature True Bugs, and we checked BugGuide to verify that they are not Large Milkweed Bug nymphs, nor do they match BugGuide images of Small Milkweed Bug nymphs.  They appear to be Eastern Boxelder Bug nymphs based on this BugGuide image, which begs the question:  Why are they on Milkweed?  We don’t know.  Is there a maple or boxelder tree nearby?

Thank you so much for replying. Yes, there is a maple tree not too far away, but not directly near this patch. So interesting – I will keep watching. Love the web site; I just found it!

We would love to see images of the winged adults.

Ok, I’ll be on the lookout – about how long does maturation take?

We suspect you should have adults within a month.

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Subject:  Whats that Bug ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Vancouver Washington
Date: 01/29/2019
Time: 01:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I have had a most distressing time attempting to determine the identity of this bug. It is a six legged black beetle of some kind but I fail to find any matching species in all of my research on the matter. I would be very appreciative if you could let me know what you think.
Regards,
How you want your letter signed:  Charles Richardson

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Charles,
This is not a Beetle, but rather a True Bug, so that might have made your identification attempts more distressing.  It appears to be a Western Boxelder Bug,
Boisea rubrolineata, and according to BugGuide:  “Particularly noticeable in fall (often invade homes in search of shelter to hibernate) and in spring (when they emerge).”  Boxelder Bugs often form aggregations with numerous individuals.

Daniel,
Thank you so much. I very much appreciate your response and reply. You guys are a godsend…
Best Regards,
Charles

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Subject:  A lot of mating going on
Geographic location of the bug:  Wenatchee, Washington State USA
Date: 03/06/2018
Time: 03:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have many of these bugs doing the “thing” in our backyard at the moment. We have seen them on occasion over the years but never so many all at once mating.
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Kevin,
This is a Western Boxelder Bug,
Boisea rubrolineata, and according to BugGuide:  “Particularly noticeable in fall (often invade homes in search of shelter to hibernate) and in spring (when they emerge).” 

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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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