Red body, black wings, found in Central Florida (Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth)
(Winter Park, FL)
This bug was flying around my bedroom. I finally managed to get it outside, and took a good look, because it was really very pretty (although much more so when it was outside, instead of in). The body is bright red, with black towards the bottom, and the wings had an almost lacy black pattern on them. I've never seen anything like it. Any idea what it is?
Orange-Brown Beetle (Soldier Beetle)
(San Jose, California)
These guys have infested a clematis armandii on my porch, and are dropping ugly smears of black goo everywhere (same result if you smash one). Also hanging out on succulents potted below the clematis, but not sure if they are eating it. Looks like a soldier beetle, but is eating the clematis leaves - if it wanted aphids, seems like it'd be around the corner on my kale instead? Also have seen a few among the old fashioned roses. Sorry the photo is blurry.
Small Hairless Orange Larvae (Unicorn caterpillar)
by Mera Pierson
I found this little guy and about a thousand of his buddies on our apple and plum trees, and they are voracious eaters. They are incredibly small, maybe about a half inch long. I've been searching for anything even remotely similar and have had no luck on identifying this booger. We live in the middle of Oklahoma, if that's any help for identifying.
We're spraying for them now to protect our trees.
red and black bug (Boxelder bug nymph )
(selkirk, ontario ,canada)
red and black bug .in my garden by the thousands
this insect in my garden , on a pine tree and a maple tree and also in the mulch around my flowers and I don't know if it is an ok insect or if I should get some pesticide to kill it.
Black and red, round crawling insect (Predatory stink bug nymphs)
Cropped and enlarged picture
These insects are smaller than the size of a ladybug. The have "stripes" rather than "dots". If you look around the edges of their body they have vertical lines that make them look "sewn together". They also have black "stripes" or "bars" on the top of their bodies. They were found in a park in central Texas and were on the ground. They didn't seem to have any wings.
Small red and black bug eating my Montauk Daisy (Four-lined plant bug nymphs)
by Sharon Michaels
(Honey Brook, PA)
Small red and black crawling insects
In advance, thank you so much for helping me to ID this insect. When I first caught one, I wondered if it might be a very large, red aphid, as it squished very easily. But looking at them closer, they remind me of stink bug nymphs, although I couldn't find a picture online of any that were quite like these. I think these may be true bugs though.
These insects were found in Chester County, PA - (southeastern PA) in mid-May (after a very brutal winter and Very Late spring) on a Montauk Daisy that has damage to some of its leaves that I suspect was caused by these insects.
The insect is very small, about 3-4mm and bright red with what might be wings that are black. To the naked eye, just the red and black are apparent, but looking closely, there may be a white stripe down the center of each wing - or black patch - and in-between and right above the two black wings (or patches), it is yellow. I have only observed these insects crawling - so if the black patches are wings, either they are not fully developed or they do not use them very often.
The insects also vary in size, and accordingly, color. The smaller ones (2-3mm) are more red with just a little black, while the larger ones (3-4nm) are still mostly red but just with more black. I have included a picture of a smaller and larger one. You can see on the larger one that the abdomen (?) appears to be segmented, with black dots on either side of the center.
I hope I have provided enough detail - if you have any questions, though, please just let me know.
Gray flying insect with orange design on back (Western boxelder bug)
(College place Wa. USA)
I am visiting a friend in Colege Place Washington (part of Walla Walla). On a walk around the apartment buildings we have noticed hundreds of these flies around two of the apartments. Most of them are sitting on the screens and wood around the screens of two apartments, not next to each other. The screens are covered in these flies. We are wondering what they might be and what would attract them to these two particular screens. There are a few of them on a couple other apts but not nearly as many. The apts with the flies are on the back side of the apts with less sun.
Flying red insect, looks like a large ant (Short-tailed ichneumon wasp)
six legs, medium to dark red. It looks like it has a stinger and will arch as if to sting if you chase it away. Approximately an inch long. Seeing them in Southold NY, never seen them before this year
Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymph - red and black
(Virginia Beach, VA, USA)
FL Predatory Stink Bug nymph with Monarch Butterfly
Sending a picture of a FL Predatory Stink Bug nymph with Monarch Butterfly.
Red and Black Insect on Macadamia Nut tree (Leaf-footed bug)
by Lydia Monroe
This group of insects was see August 20, 2015 on the developing fruit of a Macadamia Tree located in Venice, California. Only this group was seen although there were several Macadamia trees.
It appears that the juvenile insects are predominantly bright red while the adults are mostly black with only two triangular red patches on their 'shoulders'.
Long black antennae.
Any help with ID would be appreciated
Red bug eating on Kapok tree (Cotton stainer nymph)
My kapok tree is infested by these red bugs, about 1/2 inch long when full size (I have all sorts of "juniors" as well). 6 legs plus antennas, two black dots between first and second pairs of legs and about 3 whitish stripes across what I presume is the abdomen. How do I get rid of them? We live about a half hour from Tampa in Florida, very close to water. I didn't see any of these last fall on the tree but it is truly infested now. Thanks
Black and Red bug (Boxelder bug nymph)
Not sure if this is a good or bad bug, but seem to have a swarm of them, all sizes tho average about half inch long.
Not sure if they are OK or not. Any recommendation is appreciated. Thanks.
Cluster of Orange-Bodied Bugs (Leaf-footed bug nymphs)
(New Orleans, LA)
Location: New Orleans, LA
Behavior: I found these insects on my Malabar Spinach plant (last week of August). They were clustered together almost hidden—and motionless— on the underside of leaves and vines. They walked/marched away from me as I touched the plant, but did not fly. (I almost mistook them for spiders, because their front antennae appear as long as their legs.)
I’ve seen pictures that state they may be assassin bugs. But, they are all over what appears to be a healthy plant with no other insect infestation for them to feast. The picture captures how I found them in their communal behavior rather than an extreme close-up of one bug.
Any confirmation of species is appreciated. (I’m hoping they’re beneficial, versus something that will eradicate my plant.)