BOX ELDER BUG : Rhopalidae,Leptocoris trivittatus

SIZE: About 1/2 inch (12.7mm)COLOR: Black with red lines

DESCRIPTION: Black with three red lines on the thorax, a red line along each side, and a red line on each wing. The young nymphs are red and gray.

HABITAT: Box elder bugs normally feed on the leaves, flowers, and seed pods of the box elder tree or silver maple. Large numbers of box elder bugs are usually on the female, or pod-bearing, tree. The adults search for a place to over winter which brings them into houses where they hide in small cracks and crevices in walls, door and window casings, attics, and around the foundation. During warm days in winter and early spring they come out and scatter through the house.

LIFE CYCLE: The adult bugs lay eggs in the spring and the nymphs emerge in a few days. The nymphs are small and show more red than adults. These nymphs develop into adults during the summer, then mate and lay eggs which hatch into the nymphs of the second generation. Activity of nearly fully grown nymphs is noticed in August and September when they gather in large numbers on the trunks of box elder trees.

TYPE OF DAMAGE: The box elder bug becomes a pest in many houses each year in fall and spring.

However, their excrement spots on light color siding or draperies may be difficult to remove.

INTERESTING FACTS: On warm days during winter and early spring, box elder bugs sometimes appear on light painted surfaces outdoors on the south and west sides of the house, resting in the sun.

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