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Help I don’t know what this is
Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 8:45 PM
I am trying to find out what this bug is. I discovered it underneath a flat board that was covering a broken basement window, the board fell off the house and when I picked it up this was underneath the board with others like it numbering around 25 – 60 of them, they scattered fast, seems to like dark moist places. It measures from front to back without including leg or antannae, 1 cm long. I am worried this may be some type of bug that is causing hidden damage to my home.
Scott worried in Ohio
Midwest, Columbus, OH

Long Necked Seed Bug

Long Necked Seed Bug

Hi Scott,
The Long Necked Seed Bug, Myodocha serripes, is not damaging your home. According to BugGuide, the Long Necked Seed Bug “overwinters as adult in leaf litter or under bark of trees in woodlands” and is found in “Leaf litter in early spring; fields and artificial lights in summer.” Many True Bugs hibernate overwinter in aggregations, and your individuals found the board to be a fine substitute for the bark of a tree.  While it is not harming the home, it may be harming your strawberries, because BugGuide also indicates it feeds on the “Seeds of strawberry and st. johnswort. Sometimes a pest of strawberries. ” We believe your photo is a new species for our site.

Art deco critter
Hi.
I’m in Maryland and scooped this little creature out of my pool yesterday. Can you tell me what it is? It’s about the size of a ladybird / ladybug. Thanks.
Sharon.

Hi Sharon,
This is the first posting to our site of a Whitecrossed Seed Bug, Neacoryphus bicrucis, but we noticed another letter with the name in the subject header.

Bee Assassin, White-crossed Seed Bug
Hi Bugman et al,
I’m just another one of your thousands (or is it millions?) of fans that have caught the Bug bug from you. (A seemingly harmless virus that causes the “sufferer” to want to take photos of bugs). Harmless? Perhaps, perhaps not. Bugs can sometimes bug you. After perusing your web site numerous times I just wanted to send you a couple of photos of bugs (True Bugs!) that aren’t Box Elder bugs. You already seem to have a lot of photos of them. I believe one is a Bee Assassin Bug, supposedly he’s great to have in your garden. Good thing, I had a lot of them this summer. The photo was taken June 3, 2006. The other photo is a Whitecrossed Seed Bug (which I can’t understand why they didn’t name it a British Soldier Bug – but then they didn’t ask me) taken on August 25, 2006. Hope you like the photos, isn’t it nice to see something other than a Box Elder Bug? Both photos were taken in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia.
Karen R. Brooks

Bee Assassin Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Hi Karen,
We are posting your letter a day late and have just finished posting another letter with a Whitecrossed Seed Bug. Thank you so much for sending us these underrepresented species.

Milkweed Bug
Hi Bug Man….
a search on your webpage suggests that these are Small Milkweed bugs. Is the one in the upper left hand corner also a small Milkweed bug (perhaps a WEE small milkweed bug)? Or is it another species altogether? The bugs were found, appropriately, on a swamp milkweed pod.
Thanks,
Jill

Hi Jill,
Great photo. These are all Small Milkweed Bugs, Lygaeus kalmii. The smallest is an immature nymph that will grow wings at the final molt.

milkweed bug nest
Is this a nest of adult or young milkweed bugs or do all ages swarm or nest in this fashion? This is the first time this summer that I have seen such a cluster at the conservation area. I want you to know how much I enjoy and am addicted to your website. It is fun, informative, international, and rich in content. I am more interested and curious about insects thanks to your website. Take Care,
Janet from Dundas, Ontario

Hi Janet,
First, thank you for your kind words. Secondly, these are young Milkweed Bugs. Adults have well developed wings. Many Hemipterans, and these are Hemipterans or True Bugs, form large aggregations of insecfts in all stages of development. This is nothing compared to the way Boxelder Bugs gather en masse.