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Bug Identification
updated: Aug 06, 2014, 9:08 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Can anyone identify these bugs? They are about 1/2 inch long. This photo shows 2 together. They are bright orange with this pattern on their backs. They don't fly. I have watched them for the last few days on the trail to Hammonds.

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 COMMENT 542523 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 09:32 AM

looks like a Chinch bug. not good for the garden.

 

 COMMENT 542541 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 10:32 AM

Hey you bugs----Get a room!!

 

 COMMENT 542549 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 11:05 AM

I wanted to see if could beat the entomologists to the punch - I'm guessing those are red bugs (scantius aegyptius).

 

 COMMENT 542566 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 12:16 PM

Fire bug. Search edhat for "BUG ID" see entry for 4/9/2013.

 

 COMMENT 542575 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 12:41 PM

Oh - there ARE two of 'em!

 

 COMMENT 542576 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 12:46 PM

Although Red Bugs and Fire Bugs look very similar, the Fire Bug has only one set of black dots on it's back.

Therefor, I'm sticking with my guess that this is in fact a Red Bug - hopefully a trained entomologist will weigh in and settle this controversy. ;-)

 

 COMMENT 542585P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 01:09 PM

549 has given the correct i.d.

Info I read just now indicates that these bugs feed on plant stems, developing/mature seeds and seed pods. Also eat broadleaf weeds and stems of knotweed. All sounds quite harmless and like these little guys are everywhere, but not a problem.

Map shows populations throughout SoCal and Central Cal. Scantius aegyptius are from the Mediterranean and the first documented sighting was in Orange County, June 2009. Red bugs only found in California, so far.

 

 COMMENT 542588 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 01:13 PM

You've been watching these bugs for the last two days?

I admire your perseverance.

 

 COMMENT 542591P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 01:15 PM

I'm with 541. they do seem to be doing it. what do the entomologists say?

 

 COMMENT 542690 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 04:38 PM

A very Art Deco bug!

 

 COMMENT 542788 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 08:15 AM

If they're having sex, I bet it's easy for the female to say no. Psst, when he turns around, ....run away!

 

 COMMENT 542795 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 08:33 AM

That was my first thought, 690. Beautiful design and color.

 

 COMMENT 542828 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 09:58 AM

They look like the rare Polynesian TIKI bug... they have a love of rum based drinks in tiki mugs and can be found lounging by the pool...

 

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