Please identify this bug.

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Date Photo Taken: August 2011
Location: Dacula, GA
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These insects are mass reproducing under a golden raintree and winter honeysuckle beside our patio. Although, they don’t seem to bite or harm anything, their sheer numbers are frightening. There are leaves and pinestraw mulch in this bed. Help.


  1. klotz50 Apprentice says:

    Looks like a boxelder bug…google that and see if it matches up

    April 7th, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  2. Brian Hendrix Unregistered says:

    Definitely boxelders. I get them on my house when it warms up every year. They lay seeds on the sunny-side of everything and usually die off once it gets unbearably hot out (midsummer). The only way I know to kill them is with a squirt bottle of soapy water. Not sure why it affects boxelders, but if you squirt them good with soapy water it makes their body lock-up and they fall over and die.

    April 9th, 2012 at 10:30 am

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