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Box Elder Bug

Boisea trivittata

Description:

The boxelder bug is a North American species of true bug. It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. The adults are about 12.5 millimetres (0.49 in) long with a dark brown or black colouration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen; nymphs are bright red. Although they specialize on Acer seeds, they may pierce plant tissues while feeding. They are not known to cause significant damage and are not considered to be agricultural pests.

Habitat:

It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees.


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Maryland, USA

Lat: 39.28, Long: -76.71

Spotted on Jan 10, 2017
Submitted on Jan 10, 2017

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