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red/charcoal bug - Melacoryphus lateralis

red/charcoal bug - Melacoryphus lateralis
Organ Mountains foothills, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA
August 6, 2006
Size: 7.5 - 8 mm
Came to UV lights on greasewood/mesquite/cactus incline below jagged spires of the Organ Mountains.

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red/charcoal bug - Melacoryphus lateralis red/charcoal bug - Melacoryphus lateralis

There should be some photo editing software
on your computer. First you want to "crop", that is outline the part of your image that contains the bugs and cut away the unnecessary borders. If the image is still too large, then you want to "change image size". The software will tell you how many pixels wide your image is and you can change it from 2000 to 1200 or so and the image should be small enough to post. If this doesn't make sense, you can email us the images, separate email for each, and we can resize and post them for you. Clicking on our name will take you to our contributor page where you will find our email address, though you will have to put it in correct email format.

Take some pictures if you can
and post them here. It would be great to see images with dozens of these guys in it.

I took several pictures...
...but can't seem to upload them...the file is too big. Any advice?

You can crop an image
to 600 pixels wide. That should allow it to be posted. Larger ones can be loaded but the site automatically reduces them for most viewers. Editors can enlarge them. I don't recall what the upper size limit is but apparently your un-cropped images exceed it.

It's not automatically reducing...
So I will have to teach myself how to crop photos. Later today!

I will.... the meantime, I'd be happy to send several thousand your way!

Huge swarm of these things last night....
We've been in the Vail, Arizona area for only a couple of years and have never experienced these before. It rained two days ago (first monsoon moisture this year) and last night the side of our house facing a wash/open desert was covered with these bugs.

We've been sweeping and cleaning all morning. There are still tons of them on the outside of the house and I found a lot inside this morning, too.

How long will this swarming last? (It's July 3rd).


Don't know
and am trying to think of a reason for them "swarming" on your house.
Adult bugs overwinter and emerge when it's time to mate and lay eggs. Perhaps this season begins with the rains in your area and the bugs had found an overwintering/estivation site on or near your house.

One other possibility: Do you live on a hilltop? Bugs, flies, beetles, solitary wasps, and maybe other groups will rendezvous on hilltops to more easily find mates, then they go back where they came from (the females anyway) to lay their eggs. These hilltop events are precipitated by some environmental change and could include the rainy season in your area.

They are still outside (it's 8:30 AM)
...but I only see the problem on the one side of the house...the one facing the "hill" side.

I'm going to check with a neighbor to see if they have the same problem.

Kind of....
We live on the edge of a wash that is 20 feet below us - and no houses within view for many miles (that's what we adore about the place!) until you get to one of the peaks surrounding Vail.

I see on this page site

that it mentions swarming in 2008 after "spring" rains. Thursday's rain was the first in about 60 days, so that might have been a critical factor. Hope they stop soon!!!

Moved from Seed Bugs.

In Eric's new book, there is
an image of Neacoryphus lateralis that looks identical to this. pg 119

I thought it looked familiar.
I'll compare images to Eric's Kaufmann guide. Thanks, John & Jane.


Not Rhopalidae
Hi Jim!

I have commented on a new pic of a similar one a few days ago. Although this one really resembles Jadera sp., it has different wing venation, that does not allow for placing in Rhopalidae.

I´d opt for Lygaeidae proper.

cheers, Boris

I see what you mean.
I looked at some other images in Rhopalidae and the venation is indeed different. I'll move this to Lygaeidae.

Moved from True Bugs.

Something in that family, anyway.

Thank you, Eric. I've moved them to family till we can get a better fix on them.

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