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.
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.
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.
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.
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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