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FrankSG
06-30-2011, 12:25 PM
Can anyone figure out what kind of bugs these are? (Link below) I have lived here for 42 years and this is the first time I have ever seen them.:confused: There are hundreds of them. Some are in clusters and others are scurrying about all over a certain area in the back yard. I live in Ohio about 40 miles south of Lake Erie.
http://home.roadrunner.com/~family/bug.jpg

Sylvander
06-30-2011, 01:09 PM
Looks like some kind of "Shield bug" to me.

Here's one example. (http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/images/sumatra_1332.html)

FrankSG
06-30-2011, 03:29 PM
Looks like some kind of "Shield bug" to me.

Here's one example. (http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/images/sumatra_1332.html)
I think you're right. I had not heard of Shield bugs until I read your reply. I then did a search on google and clicked on "images" which displayed dozens if not hundreds of varieties of shield bugs. One of the images looked very close to the bugs that I have. From what I then read, there are thousands of different verities of Shield bugs which are sometimes refereed to as Stink bugs
And here I thought I knew everything.:)

Sylvander
06-30-2011, 05:50 PM
The reason I thought of shield bug was because...
The more mature of those bugs in your linked image...
Had a quite distinctive shield shape...
[I magnified the image to get a good view of the detail]
With two pale spots on their back.
I imagine those twin spots would help identify the specific variety, but I couldn't find any like that.

FTT
06-30-2011, 06:50 PM
Box Elder Bugs (http://www.examiner.com/home-living-in-detroit/good-bad-and-ugly-boxelder-bugs)

Frank,
The ones in your pic look like immature nymphs. Hmm, I think I know some people like that... :rolleyes: :p

From another page:

They start eating box elder and maple seed pods, then move on to Sedum and astilbe. They come and destroy lots of perennials in my garden each year after multiplying like crazy when eating the silver maple seed pods. The only think I have found that gets them back in control is releasing lots of lady bugs in the yard. I believe the lady bug larvae will eat the box elder nymphs.

Paul Komski
07-01-2011, 01:18 AM
Seems like you are close enough unless you feel the need to ask What's That Bug? (http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ask-whats-that-bug/).

The Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/) is usually a good site but the identify bugs link is currently down.

Cuc Tu
07-01-2011, 01:22 PM
Looks like some kind of "Shield bug" to me.

Here's one example. (http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/images/sumatra_1332.html)

My trend micro went off on that link: JS_FAKEAV.SMO