Random Insect: Black bug

Black bug (Hemiptera: Thyreocoridae) photographed 10/25/2012 near Manitou Beach, Michigan.

Although I often see black bugs (Hemipterea: Thyreocoridae) crawling on flowers throughout the summer, this late-season individual seemed a bit out of sorts. I found him wandering around the base of a barn along with some boxelder bugs (Hemiptera: Rhopalidae: Boisea trivittata). Boxelders are famous for congregating en masse in and around buildings prior to winter, and perhaps this black bug was following suit.  Or perhaps he was simply lost and bewildered in the autumn chill.

Black bug (Hemiptera: Thyreocoridae) photographed 10/25/2012 near Manitou Beach, Michigan.

These tiny true bugs can be identified by their shining black bodies, broad oval shapes, and scutella (hard shells) that cover almost all of their wings and abdomens.  Most have relatively smooth legs, but some like this individual have somewhat spiny legs.

Black bug (Hemiptera: Thyreocoridae) photographed 10/25/2012 near Manitou Beach, Michigan.

The spiny legs made this individual resemble a burrower bug (Hemiptera: Cydnidae). Burrowers, however, have less expansive scutella that expose parts of their wings and abdomens.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Random Insect: Black bug

  1. Like a little black shoe with legs!

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