Boxelder Bug


Common name : Boxelder bug

Scientifc name : Boisea trivittata

Family : Rhopalidae

Native to : North America

Interesting fact : This bug is given its name because it is found specifically in boxelder tree, maple tree and ash tree.

Not more than 12 mm in length, these bugs have a dark brown black colour with red veins outlining their wings. Their diet consists entirely of seeds from the maple tree. They release a pungent, disgusting compound when threatened so as to save themselves from predators. The female lays eggs near the host tree on every surface they can find.

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