Box Elder Bugs

October 28, 2012


Photographer: Roy Jacobsen
Summary Author: Roy Jacobsen

Box elder bugs (Boisea trivittata) warming themselves in the Sun are a common site in autumn in many places in the U.S. Because they feed exclusively on seeds of their namesake trees and other trees of the Acer genus, box elder bugs aren't considered pests, unlike stink bugs (family Pentatomidae), for instance. However, they can become a nuisance as the weather cools and they gather in huge congregations seeking warmth and looking for indoor overwintering sites. Photo taken at Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, North Dakota on October 7, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL T3; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; Focal Length: 55mm; Aperture: f/6.3; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 100; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No; Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.