View Full Version : Identify this insect.

06-27-2007, 01:59 PM
This is on my neighbors Oak tree in PA. It's eating little holes on the leaves. Clumps of dead leaves are falling to the ground where this pic was taken. They don't appear to fly but the black on the body looks like wings.

06-28-2007, 09:31 AM
Boxelder bug

06-28-2007, 06:11 PM
I agree with ProMo. Must be a maple in the area.

06-28-2007, 06:36 PM
Hey thanks alot. I spent some time looking at pics on the Internet yesterday and couldn't find this. Mainly because this is the nymph stage(after finding out what it was) which looks different then the adult. Doesn't seem like they do any real damage, more of a nuisance.

I heard something on the news last night about some beetle affecting some Ash trees around PA and their heading this way.

06-28-2007, 09:26 PM
That one doesn't look like a boxelder bug to me. I could be wrong, but I was taught that boxelder bugs look more like a stinkbug with some red showing, but these look bigger and redder. I'll see what I can find.

06-28-2007, 09:51 PM
Definitely not boxelder bug. If you google boxelder bug, you'll see one!

06-28-2007, 10:13 PM
It is a eastern boxelder bug. It looks like the one I posted in it's younger state. Then looks different when older. That's why I couldn't identifiy it. I seen some that are identical to the adult today, that I didn't see yesterday.

06-28-2007, 10:27 PM
Mea Culpa! You are right, picture I was looking at was the Adult, not the nymph!:confused: :confused:

06-29-2007, 06:36 PM
It's okay DiyDave -- I just hope MY guess was right! I didn't know there were eastern or western boxelder bugs -- we must have the eastern ones, just like the pictures, but shop vacs or concussion grenades get 'em.......LOL