Boxelder Bug

These are boxelder bugs.  They live in eastern North America, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Plains. They eat sap from the leaves, flowers, and seeds of boxelder, maple, and oak trees.  They have a really cool black and red pattern on them.  They are true bugs, which means they are in the same order as the giant water bug and other true bugs.

This is a picture of the underside of one of the bugs:

My Grandma Miller caught these for me.  She likes boxelder bugs because they had a lot of them at the house she grew up in, and she played with them when she was a kid.  I’m going to put one of them in my bug collection.

About Raymie

Raymie is a 11 year old boy who loves animals. He is always looking around for new animals. He wants to be a zookeeper someday.
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5 Responses to Boxelder Bug

  1. Grandma Miller says:

    I like this post, Raymie! Thank you for having my boxelder bugs in your collection. As bugs go, they’re not so bad. They don’t bite or hurt anything, and they don’t invade your house. They just stay around the trees in big groups. They like to soak up the sun.

  2. Molly's Mom says:

    We like these bugs too. I think they are pretty. You have some really good pictures of them.

  3. anonymous says:

    Trust me these bugs are bad news. they breed like rabbits and are around wherever oak trees are. they get in your house and all over stuff.. I hate these bugs ><

    If you live around a place where you have a lot of oak trees BE WARNED.

  4. Devan says:

    We found lots on our varigated hosta under a Japanese maple tree. Thank you for showing the underside. We found lots of nymphs. I’m 7 and I really like looking up insect information for my mom. I have the book called Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson. Your site helped us. Thanks!

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