View Full Version : Identify Black Triangular BUg with orange stripes

08-25-2004, 10:09 AM
I was mowing Monday and a lot of black triangular bugs with two orange stripes get jumping onto my mower. What is the bug called? Is is a problem for he turf. The yard look generally yellowish, but it was probably low on N because of the excessive rain we have received this summer.

08-25-2004, 01:44 PM
Could be Box Elder Bugs, but need a photo to confirm.

08-25-2004, 02:02 PM
If it is a box elder bug they are more of a nuisance getting into the house or buildings than actually damaging the lawn/trees.

Ken Kesey
08-25-2004, 03:34 PM
Sounds like box elder. They like to hide in wood shingles and are usually in the hundreds in numbers.

08-26-2004, 11:10 PM
in south ga. i see a lot of spittle bugs. i think box elders have longer legs than spittle bugs.

08-27-2004, 05:20 PM
You are describing a spittle bug. Nymphs of the spittle bug are harmful to turf because they suck juices from the plants.

08-27-2004, 10:06 PM
Sounds like a Spittlebug:

08-31-2004, 07:50 AM
Thank you all for the replies. It is the two-lined spittle bug. How much of an infestation is needed to show stress on the turf. On one property, I was seeing 10-20 on my mower deck every time I passed a certain spot. I thought the grass needed N. I guess it may be the spittle bugs. Is there a number per sf that is supposed to be the threshold for treatment?