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Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

Blister Beetles

More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
The name is a warning—blister beetles are famous for their chemical defenses. Beetles in this family can exude an oil that can cause a person’s skin to blister.

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Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

About 84 species in North America.
Many blow flies are so shiny and colorful they’re called greenbottles and bluebottles—but pretty as they are, it’s hard not to be repulsed by their larval diets.

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Boxelder Bug

In autumn you may see hundreds of boxelder bugs crawling on the south-facing side of your house, seeking winter shelter. They go dormant as the weather gets colder, but if they are warmed by your home’s heating, they may revive and enter your house, mistaking its warmth for springtime.

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Boxelder Bug

Boisea trivittatus
Notoriously numerous, these harmless bugs like to spend the winter in nooks of tree bark and rocks, but they will settle for warm crannies of your house as well. Their food plant is the box elder tree, hence the common name.

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Boxelder Bug

Notoriously numerous, boxelder bugs have a flattened back with red markings, sometimes in the form of an X on the back, plus a red line along the outer edge of the closed wings. There are noticeable veins on the membranous portion of the forewings.

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Boxelder Bug Nymphs

The immature stages are bright red with black legs and slate-gray or blackish wing buds (the tiny, immature wings).

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Branch Flagging Slide Show

This tree displays branch flagging, which can have many causes. In this case, female periodical cicadas cut the tree's twigs with their ovipositors in the process of laying their eggs. The small cuts weakened the twigs, which turned brown, then broke during strong winds.

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Broadsides from the Ozarks

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Sue Hubbell left her job as a librarian at an eastern university and found life in the Ozarks with 300 hives of bees and a newspaper column.

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Broken Twig Syndrome?

Have you found yourself picking up broken tree branch tips from your lawn recently, only to find your lawn cluttered with them again the next day?

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Bronzed Tiger Beetle (Common Shore Tiger Beetle)

The bronzed tiger beetle, or common shore tiger beetle (Cincindela repanda), is usually seen patrolling the shores of creeks, rivers, and other bodies of water, in open areas with sand, gravel, or clay soils. Adults fly in spring and early summer.

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