All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Boxelder Bug</strong> 
<em>Boisea trivittatus</em> / Hemiptera

This adult Boxelder Bug and the two nymphs have bright red and black markings, a signal that they are poisonous if eaten. 
These are "true bugs" in the order <em>Hemiptera</em>...
Boxelder Bug
Boisea trivittatus / Hemiptera

This adult Boxelder Bug and the two nymphs have bright red and black markings, a signal that they are poisonous if eaten.
These are "true bugs" in the order Hemiptera (meaning "half-wing"), they have four wings that cross over in an "X" shape and piercing mouth parts for drinking liquids. They also have large, round "bug eyes". True bugs, grasshoppers, dragonflies and roaches go through incomplete metamorphosis. They start out life as a nymph, which looks much like the adult stage, but without wings.

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