eastern boxelder bug

(Boisea trivittata)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

 

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NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Spring and fall

Habitat

Deciduous and mixed forests and meadows

Size

7 16 to 9 16


Identification

 

 
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Larval Food

Juices in the seeds of host plants. In Minnesota the only host plants are silver maple (Acer saccharinum) and boxelder (Acer negundo).

 
Adult Food

Leaves, flowers, twigs, and bark of host plants; fruits; other boxelder bugs and eggs.

 
Life Cycle  
 
Behavior

 


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Sources: 7, 29.


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Taxonomy
This species was previously known as Leptocoris trivittatus.


Taxonomy

Order:

Hemiptera (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies)

 

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Euhemiptera

 

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Neohemiptera

 

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Prosorrhyncha

 

Suborder:

Heteroptera (true bugs)

 

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Euheteroptera

 

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Neoheteroptera

 

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Panheteroptera

 

Infraorder:

Pentatomomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Coreoidea

 

Family:

Rhopalidae (scentless plant bugs)

 

Subfamily:

Serinethinae

 
Synonyms

Leptocoris trivittatus

Lygaeus trivittatus

 
Common
Names

boxelder bug

eastern boxelder bug


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Eastern Boxelder Bug (Boisea trivittata)
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  Boxelder Bugs, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, North America
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Published on May 30, 2011

The boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata) is a North American species of true bug. It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. The adults are about 12.5 millimetres (0.49 in) long with a dark brown or black coloration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen; nymphs are bright red. These highly specialized insects feed almost exclusively on the seeds of Acer species. The boxelder bug is sometimes known as a garage beetle or may be confused with other Jadera spp., especially Boisea rubrolineata. The name "stink bug," which is more regularly applied to the family Pentatomidae, is sometimes erroneously used to refer to Boisea trivittata. Instead, these insects belong to the family Rhopalidae, the so-called "scentless plant bugs". However, boxelder bugs are redolent and will release a pungent and bad-tasting compound upon being disturbed to discourage predation; this allows them to form conspicuous aggregations without being preyed on. Although they specialize on Acer seeds, they may pierce plant tissues while feeding. They are not known to cause significant damage and are not considered to be agricultural pests. Removal of boxelder and other Acer species can help in control of bug populations. They may form large aggregations while sunning themselves in areas near their host plant (e.g. on rocks, shrubs, trees, and man-made structures). However, their congregation habits and excreta can annoy people; thus, they are considered nuisance pests. This is especially a problem during the cooler months, when they sometimes invade houses and other man-made structures seeking warmth or a place to overwinter. They remain inactive inside the walls (and behind siding) while the weather is cool. When the heating systems revive them, some may falsely perceive it to be springtime and enter inhabited parts of the building in search of food, water, and conspecifics. In the spring, the bugs leave their winter hibernation locations to feed and lay eggs on maple or ash trees; aggregations may be seen during this time and well into summer and early fall, depending on the temperature.

 
     
  Box Elder Bug (Rhopalidae: Boisea trivittata)
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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2012

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (18 February 2012). According to the NWS at Grand Forks, today's high temperature was an unseasonably warm 38oF.

 
     
  Boxelders
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Published on Jan 26, 2015

The boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata) is a North American species of true bug. It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. The adults are about 12.5 millimetres (0.49 in) long with a dark brown or black coloration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen; nymphs are bright red

 
     
  Boxelder Bug (Rhopalidae: Boisea trivittata) on Wall
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Uploaded on Oct 9, 2010

Photographed near Fisher, Minnesota (09 October 2010).

 
     

 

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