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Lopidea? - Oncopeltus fasciatus

Lopidea? - Oncopeltus fasciatus
Harrisville, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, USA
October 22, 2017
This is a curious one. I'm pretty sure it's a Lopidea Plant Bug, maybe L. Major, but the problem is that the only ones in reported here are from Texas. Also, the Texas one doesn't have the black dots on the back. Is this a New England Lopidea or the Texas one that rode a Hurricane to get here or hitched a ride on a truck. Or, is that something else? I could not find another one like this one anywhere, not even a nymph.

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Not a Mirid
Large Milkweed Bug nymph:

milkweed nymph
Oh, darn, I was hoping that it was a hitchhiking Lopidea. Oh, well, thanks. Now I'm feeling really dumb. However, I do have a question. Why would the Red Milkweed beetle be in the nymph stage in October?

Milkweed bug, not beetle (different orders)
As to why they're starting a new generation so late in the season, you'd have to ask them. :) My understanding is that they overwinter as adults, and that northern populations may actually migrate to warmer climates as the cold weather approaches.

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