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Boxelder Facts

  • Species: Hemiptera
  • Location: Common throughout North America
  • Size: Small in size, boxelder bugs measure only .5 inches long on average with a width of less than .2 inches
  • Color: Mostly black
  • Appearance: Mature boxelder bugs can be identified by the three red lines that run across their thorax and the additional thin red lines on their wings.

Boxelder Behavior

The boxelder bug is a species of "true bugs." Their name derives from their primary source of food: the seeds of boxelder trees, though they are known to occasionally consume the seeds of maple and ash trees as well. Boxelder trees also provide the insects with their primary breeding ground, as female boxelders lay their eggs upon its leaves.

Boxelders lay their eggs during the summer months. When first produced, the eggs of the boxelder bug are yellow in color, but eventually become a solid shade of red. This red matches the appearance of the hatched nymphs, or immature boxelder bugs, which are flightless before metamorphosis. Most humans come into contact with these insects during the fall months, when the adult bugs and the nymphs begin seeking shelter for the winter.

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