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Red bugs found underground

Red bugs found underground
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Any updates?
Does anyone have renewed confidence about an identification of this photo? These appear to be kuwaniids (likely giant pecan scales) rather than margarodids, but I'm not awesome at scales. Just wondering if anyone had further thoughts.

Looks like...
Neosteingelia texana?

- Bill

they look like pill bugs but the red I have not seen before. it is hard to tell how big they are.

Gummi trilobites :-)

Oh wow!
Well look at them thar crazy critters! I can honestly say I have never seen anything up north quite like them before (I live in New Hampshire)!

Chinch Bugs?
I guess Chinch bugs do the same thing as cotton stainers and they are a pest of St. Augustine grass. ~ again these seem too large to be that, but it seems like the most logical answer.

Cotton Stainers (red bugs)?
This site says cotton stainers usually spend their first nymphal stage underground. ~ these seem too large to be that though.

I am just guessing here, but one of my references says that some of the asexual females are quite large and lack the typical tubelike conicles (tailpipes is what I call them). It says some probably have a stage where they live on roots of coniferous trees.

Right track.
I think you are on the right track, Lynette. Root aphids, or some kind of scale insect. I may solicit opinions from my listserv next week. Very cool. Update: expert confirmation of Margarodidae, but widespread disagreement as to genus. I'll post those comments soon.

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