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Found in the driveway and all over the Oak Tree. A North American species of true bug, commonly known as the box elder bug, the zug, or maple 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 coloration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen; nymphs are bright red.
Deciduous and mixed forests, meadows. Range-southern Canada (ON-AB) and most of the US east of the Rockies (west to ID-AZ) to Guatemala. Eggs are laid in bark crevices or on foliage/seeds of host. Nymphs molt five times before reaching adulthood. Adult females overwinter, and are sometimes an annoyance as they invade houses in late fall. 1-2 generations per year.
Latin trivittatus 'three-striped' (refers to the stripes on the pronotum)