Sunday, February 10, 2008

True Bug

Luke discovered this guy on our car at the trailhead. We couldn't identify it beyond a "True Bug", hemiptera. Although I can't identify the species, I'm guessing its in the family Lygaeidae, which includes chinch, milkweed, and seed bugs.

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  1. Hi Sonja! Sorry for the random comment - I saw the link from my brother's blog and occasionally check your very entertaining posts. Anyway...be glad you don't see these bugs more often! If it's the same bug I'm thinking about, we call them Box Elder bugs and they're a HUGE pain out here in WY. We have horrible infestations of them in fall and spring. At work, at home, in school, at the gym...they're everywhere!

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  2. Anonymous9:43 PM

    I believe Chicky is right.There is an Eastern and Western Boxelder Bug.The Rockies being the devider.Western Boxelder is Leptocoris rubrolineatus. Bill

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  3. Christina and Bill,
    Thank you so much for the positive identification! I am without an insect book down here so I'm limited to scrounging around on the internet for pictures. I believe this is the first time I've seen one down here in Orange County and it was in a pretty remote location.
    Thanks again.
    Sonja

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