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Arizona Invasion - Melacoryphus lateralis

Arizona Invasion - Melacoryphus lateralis
Mesa, Arizona, USA
August 23, 2008
Size: 1/4 in
This insect has been in the phx metro area for about 3 weeks, they fly and are attracted to light. It seems that they are slowly moving west across the state. I find them mostly around doors that has a light on in front.

very probably M. lateralis
Merrill Sweet det.

Neacoryphus lateralis?
I am no expert but it looks like Neacoryphus lateralis in the guide.

Arizona invasion
Lee I think you are absolutely right. Thank you

Yes it does
guide page here. I've moved this one to the guide and updated the Boisea guide pages as well. I won't make that mistake again (I hope)!

Boxelder bug
genus Boisea. Ought to be Western Boxelder, given your location, but I think it looks more like Eastern Boxelder - so as you say, perhaps they are colonizing westwards.

Arizona Invasion
Thanks for your opinion but I don't think it's a Boxelder eastern or western. I thought the same thing but if you look at the back the markings aren't the same. I do think that it's in the same family maybe a cusin or something. Thanks again

You're right
I should have looked more closely - yours has a red collar and lacks the red edges to the wing covers.

This should be put on the Boisea pages as a lookalike though - it's very close. : )

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