Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day #407 Box Elder Bugs

What could be better than a day-before Thanksgiving discussion of


Remember a few days ago when I asked if anyone could identify those red bugs on my mailbox? Well, Cathy Akers-Jordan responded saying they looked kike Box Elder Bugs.

I don’t have any Box Elder trees, but I went online and Googled the critters. The pictures I saw were mostly black with some orange-red stripes.

Nope. Not my bugs.

Or so I thought.

Cathy came back with a link to a website that has photos of Box Elder Bugs in all sorts of life stages, including one photo taken from underneath the bug, showing the little orange places where the legs hinge onto the body. Cool huh?

Turns out my little orange guys are probably babies. When I looked more closely at my mailbox, I found some of those adults with their distinctive markings. Mine appear to be a variation on the usual kind, but there was plenty of diversity in those pictures that Cathy found.

So, I’ve learned that what I Google may not be the final answer.

You already knew that, though, didn’t you?

BEEattitude for Day # 407:
       Blessed are those who keep looking for nectar, for they shall eventually be satisfied.

p.s. - Have a joy-filled Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.

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AggiePete said...

And you have a very Happy Thanksgiving too! Hugs from a much cooler Houston!

The Cat Bastet said...
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The Cat Bastet said...

Glad I could help, Fran! We don't have any Box Elder trees either and we besieged with these darn bugs spring and fall.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fran Stewart said...

Thanks Petie!

And Cathy - I'm glad I'm not besieged with them yet.

Last night at a big family dinner at my daughter's house, I mentioned the orange and black bugs that I'd blogged about. "Oh," someone said, "you mean box elder bugs?"

I should have asked him!

But blogging about it was more fun.