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Can you identify this insect?

  1. WannaB Writer profile image92
    WannaB Writerposted 5 years ago

    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.

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/7493372_f260.jpg

  2. junkseller profile image87
    junksellerposted 5 years ago

    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

    1. WannaB Writer profile image92
      WannaB Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. junkseller profile image87
      junksellerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  3. thoughtfulgirl2 profile image91
    thoughtfulgirl2posted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. WannaB Writer profile image92
      WannaB Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Keep thinking. Maybe it will come to you.

  4. Caveman Etris profile image74
    Caveman Etrisposted 5 years ago

    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.

    http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg69.html

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/3601

    1. WannaB Writer profile image92
      WannaB Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think you've hit it on the head. There is a Goldenrain tree very close by where I found these. Thank you.

  5. tanniew78 profile image59
    tanniew78posted 5 years ago

    We call them Boxelder bugs. They stain walls red when smashed so keep that in mind if you decide to kill some.

    1. WannaB Writer profile image92
      WannaB Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I hope they don't come in. I expected they would just stay outside where they are gathered, but most of them aren't there anymore. I hope they didn't find a  crack to get inside.

 
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