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Old 12-31-2008, 03:23 PM   #21
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Thank you for the soldier bug photo. How about an immature soldier bug? Never mind, I googled it myself - dial up is a pain - and it is not the insect we saw.

The bug variety I remember was orange/red with white stripes if I remember correctly. Now I don't know what it was. I do know I was able to Google it last summer. For some reason I thought it was a soldier bug
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:54 PM   #22
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Could be, the pictures for some of the "baby" stages were black and white, sigh. I do better with pictures, especially color, it helps. I'm no entomologist, but I'd at least like a chance to figure out if I've got a good guy or a bad guy bug to deal with. LOL
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:05 PM   #23
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The insects were on and around some butterfly weed. They didn't seem to be doing any damage to it.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:26 PM   #24
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The bug variety I remember was orange/red with white stripes
White stripes?
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:44 PM   #25
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White? Yellow? Hey, I was looking for monarch larva. Once I was assured they and their nursery were safe, I didn't give them much thought. I certainly don't remember any more.
I know I looked up box elder babies first, so whatever color adult box elder are would be close. Now I'm vexed. I've been trying to find the critters on-line to no avail. . . . but I shall overcome!
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:28 PM   #26
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Did you rule out milkweed bugs? - See http://tinyurl.com/a2ewoe for images of these as well as some other members of the family Lygaeidae.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:20 AM   #27
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Hum-m-m-m, not quite, but could be someone in this family. So it took three summers for them to find this new food source planting, but not the second stand 80 feet south.
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