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Species Boisea trivittata - Eastern Boxelder Bug

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Rhopalidae (Scentless Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Serinethinae (Soapberry Bugs)
Genus Boisea
Species trivittata (Eastern Boxelder Bug)
Other Common Names
Boxelder Bug, Box Elder Bug, Maple Bug
Explanation of Names
Boisea trivittata (Say 1825)
trivittata 'three-striped'
11‒14 mm(1)
much of NA (less common along the Pacific), Canada to e.Mexico(2)(3)
Adults fall‒winter, spring
Hosts: Acer negundo (Boxelder) & other Acer spp.; Sapindus saponaria (Soapberry)(2)
Life Cycle
Uni- or bivoltine. Eggs laid in bark crevices or on foliage/seeds of host. Nymphs molt 5 times. Adult females overwinter and may invade houses in late fall.(4)
may be a nuisance when it invades houses for hibernation and leaves spots on furniture and other objects(1)(5); not a commercial pest(6)
See Also
Jadera haematolomaNeacoryphus lateralis
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Carroll S., Perreira C. (2014) Soapberry bugs of the world (Rhopalidae: Serinethinae)
3.True Bugs (Heteroptera) of the Neotropics
Panizzi A.R., Grazia J., eds. 2015. Springer. xxii+901 pp.
4.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.
5.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223−263.
6.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.