Can you identify this insect?
I found these insects crowded outside under a low windowsill on an exterior wall of my house, above a flower bed full of gazanias, herbs, and juniper. It sort of resembles a milkweed bug, but the coloring isn't right. The picture was taken on December 20, 2012, and I suspect these insects are hibernating and that some of them are not mature. Nothing in my insect field guide looks like it. The picture was taken in Paso Robles, a city on the central coast of California.
Looks like boxelder bugs. They seek out dry sheltered spots to overwinter (like the underside of a windowsill). http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74114.html
It more closely resembled that than the other bugs I saw, but the boxelder bugs didn't seem so dark gray all over as these. I'll have to look into it more.
I thought the same thing. Could be they lose their color in winter or as they get older. Perhaps it is a subspecies...not really sure. I didn't see any mention of similar looking bugs though.
This looks like a type of beetle in different stages of development, but I'm not sure what kind. The name is on the tip of my tongue.
These are Red-shouldered Bugs in two different stages. They are similar to Boxelder Bugs and often found with them but it is a different insect. They have little red on them compared to adult Boxelder Bugs but the body and size is the same. Red-shouldered Bugs are also found around homes. If you want more detailed information then go to the websites below.
We call them Boxelder bugs. They stain walls red when smashed so keep that in mind if you decide to kill some.
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