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Boxelder Facts

  • 12.5 millimeters in length.
  • Dark brown or black with orange colouration.

The boxelder bug is a species of "true bugs" (order Hemiptera) common throughout North America. Their name derives from their primary source of food: the seeds of boxelder trees, though they are known to occasionally consume the seeds of maple and ash trees. Female boxelder trees also provide the insects with their primary breeding ground, as they lay their eggs upon its leaves.

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