Monday, November 9, 2009
Eastern Boxelder Bug
This boxelder bug and milkweed bugs look amazingly similar. Even the nymphs(babies) look like each other. The only visible difference I found was that the adults' red markings have a slightly different pattern. The other difference is that this bug is routinely found near houses, but milkweed bugs are, as you might have guessed, found near milkweed plants.
I mention all of this because my past experience was with the milkweed bugs. I found some of the nymphs on a milkweed plant last year. I remembered some of the research I did, and the way the adults looked. The thing that tipped me off that this bug was different was the red stripe right behind its head.
They gather in the thousands, and when the weather gets cold they like to find warm places. What kind of warm places? The inside of any houses they can get in. Just think of finding these in your cupboards climbing all over everything. If that doesn't bother you then take a closer look at the bugs red eyes. Now think of it staring right at you from the top of your refrigerator.
One other odd thing about these bugs. They are supposedly also known as democrat bugs or politician bugs, I have no idea why. These insects can be killed with a simple mixture of soap and water. I wonder if that would get rid of a politician as well.
Okay, I got nothing else. See ya.