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Name: Lisa
SW Colorado mountains
Jul 9, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Does anyone know what this red bug is? I have never seen them before this year, and I think they are eating the leaves on all my flowers and bushes. How can I get rid of them or discourage them from eating my plants?
They look a bit like a box elder bug, but we get those every spring and fall, and these are not the same. I've included a picture of the box elders we see every year.. They're annoying but harmless. If the red ones are a type of BE bug, do they eat leaves?
For reference, we live in the Colorado mountains. Dry, usually mild climate.
Please help! Thank you
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Jul 9, 2017 9:19 PM CST
Think it is a Boxelder nymph

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Name: Lisa
SW Colorado mountains
Jul 9, 2017 9:56 PM CST
Ah yes they are, thank you! And a link from my beloved alma mater to boot. :)

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