Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Nuisance Bug that Doesn't Stink

A fellow employee here at the Arboretum brought this to me. It was massing outside of her house in large numbers. They seem to be making there way into her house and becoming a nuisence there.  It's about a 1/2 an inch long and has really nice red markings on its thorax and abdomen. Turns out this is the Red-shouldered bug . It's listed as feeding on the seeds of Koelrueteria trees so control consists of keeping the seeds raked up off of the ground. I asked my fellow employee if she had any Koelrueteria trees around and she said that, yes, she had three of them in the same area as where the bugs were a problem.
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