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turtlewalker342
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2013
4:17 AM

Post #9396918

Can anyone ID this bug?

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9398407

It looks like a stink bug to me.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2013
7:08 PM

Post #9398635

I have tons of these this time of year. They are crawling up my husb. workshop out back also. If this is a stink bug is this the harmless kind . Haven't noticed them destroying any wood on bldgs. They do like logs etc. that are stacked. I just smash them with my foot usually. Hope this isn't the kind that eat plants as I know some do.
Bonnie
Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2013
2:12 PM

Post #9403999

Commonly known as box elder bugs. They come in slight variations of the red/black color scheme. We had them in the yard and on the outside walls of one of our rental houses. There was a huge box elder tree in the front yard, which apparently attracts them. The tree was rotting from the inside, so we had to remove it (I hated to see it go!) but the bugs have not appeared since the tree has gone.
Jayce49
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 13, 2013
4:14 AM

Post #9417414

This is a golden rain tree bug. It feeds on seeds from the golden rain tree. They are related to box elder bugs. Google for more info.
turtlewalker342
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 13, 2013
4:32 AM

Post #9417422

Thank you Jayce49. I didn't think they were elder bugs. I do have a golden rain tree not that far away with lots of seeds coming down where they are.

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