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    Default What is this bug? (picture)

    I found these under the telescopic lid and on the top inner cover, also hanging around some dead bees at the bottom of a stack of empty suppers. One of them seemed to have a hold of a bee. Do I need to worry about it?


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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    If you meant to include a photo in your description, I don't see it.

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    I'm trying to figure it out

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    That looks an awful lot like what we used to call a "stink bug" but I can't say for sure. I'm always finding a few bugs, spiders and lizards in my hives but as long as they don't look like wax moths, SHB or varroa I don't worry about it.
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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Can't get a clear closeup on my cell but it looks like what we call box elder bugs. This time of year they are everywhere including a few hundred in the house. Do not bet the farm on my classification though.

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Looks like a stink bug to me as well. Smash one and see if it stinks!

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Looks more like a Box Elder bug (Boisea trivittata) to me

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    It looks like an Assassin Bug.

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Its not a stink bug.

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Looks like a box elder bug to me also. slightly different pattern than what we have here but that would not be unusual.

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    I think assassin bug. They do look similar to stinkbugs. They kill their prey by sticking a mouth-tube through its exoskeleton and sucking out its fluids. They are usually quite timid and will abandon the prey and fly away if disturbed. Some can give a painful poke if handled. They won't kill enough to be a problem. I wouldn't worry.
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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    I think kangaroo hit it right on the head. Assassin Bug! It maybe good in other aspects but when I see it on my hive from now on I'm definitely brushing it off.

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    yup thats and immature wheel bug (assassin bug) i found an adult a couple of weeks ago on one of my hives

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Yup..It's an assassin bug

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Quote Originally Posted by beemandan View Post
    I think assassin bug. They do look similar to stinkbugs. They kill their prey by sticking a mouth-tube through its exoskeleton and sucking out its fluids. They are usually quite timid and will abandon the prey and fly away if disturbed. Some can give a painful poke if handled. They won't kill enough to be a problem. I wouldn't worry.
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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    What you have the picture is a Box Elder

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    possibly a pine seed eating bug if you live by pine forests.

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/56819

    although i dont think they live out in cali but bugs are everywhere

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Looks like a box elder to me also. They show up at my house in the fall looking for a crevass to winter in.

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    Default Re: What is this bug? (picture)

    Definitely not a box elder bug. I have both assassin bugs and box elder bugs at my house. This is a variety of asassin bugs. They are a predatory bug that sticks their probiscus in insects and devour the juices. You can tell by the shape of the head. If you had an underneath photo it would be clearer. the assassin bugs have a long probiscus that is folded down when not being used.

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