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Aphids

More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
Aphids are common, small, soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. To see them well, you probably need a hand lens, but the damage they do to plants can be all too obvious!

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Aphids

Aphids are soft-bodied, plump, pear-shaped, and tiny. They suck plant juices. They have two tubelike projections on the hind end of the body, called cornicles, which aid in defense. Aphids are commonly green, yellow, or brown, but the color varies among the many, many species.

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Assassin Bug

Although many species of assassin bugs are black or brown, some are more brightly colored. They have an elongated head bearing a single, clawlike tube used for piercing and injecting venom into their prey.

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Assassin Bugs

Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
Assassin bugs are usually black or brown, with an elongated head bearing a single, clawlike tube used for piercing and injecting venom into their prey. They are common in Missouri.

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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

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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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Eggs and Nymphs

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), a native of southeast Asia, was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1998, apparently having hitched a ride on shipping crates. A pest of fruit trees, soybeans, and many other crops, it is spreading across North America. It has been found in Missouri. These are the eggs and newly hatched nymphs.

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Collared Water Scavenger Beetle on a Giant Water Bug

This collared water scavenger beetle (Tropisternus collaris) is feeding on a dead giant water bug. The water scavenger beetle is about 3/8 inch long. Giant water bugs often reach 2 inches in length. Note the hairs on the water scavenger beetle’s legs.

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Common Bed Bug

“Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” As children, many of us were tucked into bed with this soothing rhyme. But as bed bugs become more common, this saying might start keeping people awake! One of the causes for the recent rise in bed bugs is that people don’t notice them until they have a large infestation.

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Common Bed Bug (Human Bedbug)

Cimex lectularius
Humans and bed bugs have known each other for millennia. In the last century, pesticide use made these parasites rare in our country. But they’re growing more common now. Learn about them!

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