Monday, October 25, 2010

Boxelder Bugs Revisited

It is that time of year again! No, not Halloween. No, not elections (and which of those two is more scary, anyway?). It is Boxelder Bug season. I imaged this one a couple of weeks ago at the Rea Farm in Cape May, New Jersey:

Rather than repeat myself, I’ll kindly refer you to the blog I did last year as part of my ”Indoor Insects of Autumn” series. The other three parts covered the Western Conifer Seed Bug, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle. See if you can’t find some of these in your own neck of the woods this week.


  1. Hi Eric! I've got 2 Snowberry Clearwing pupae and a Viceroy chrysalis in critter cages. I'm assuming they will overwinter in this stage. Should I leave them outside or take them to the cool basement until spring? I don't want them to emerge when they won't be able to find food.
    I have a bunch of Boxelder bugs on the back of my house. Ugh! Glad to hear you had a nice trip to the east coast! Thanks for your help!

  2. Insect pupae apparently respond more to changes in day length than temperature. Makes sense in that day length is more dependable. So, if you keep them indoors, keep them near a window.


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