Box elder bugs are stunningly colorful at these two stages. As they mature they turn black, with red stomachs and red stripes on their backs.
We must have a million little, red box elders running around our garden. They can be a nuisance, but they're harmless. I just don't like when they're so numerous they seem to cover the front of the house. That's just plain icky. And when they come inside I have to bring out the vaccum. If I don't, the dogs will eat the things. They're not what you'd call discriminating when it comes to food. And that's where I'll stop that line of thinking.
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Don’t the dogs know that red is a warning colour that says ‘Don’t eat me!’ Silly things obviously haven’t read their natural history books.
Indeed! But they see everything on the floor as fair game. I bought one of my sons a nice, new pair of shoes and our younger dog took that as a personal challenge. Within a month they looked as though he’d been wearing them a decade, even to the point the sole was coming off one of them! Ah, if they weren’t so cute …
These are great pictures, but I am so glad that I don’t have those in my backyard. We have a son that is about to be a year old, so my dogs are eating the best they have in their entire lives.