Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nymph to Elder ~ Stages of Life

Sick...I know, right?  This massive pile of box elder bugs were sun bathing on a rock near a grouping of elder trees in my yard.  What I find amazingly cool is every stage in the life cycle of the box elder is present.  A definite sign of the season.  Every fall these harmless pest make their existence known.  They can be found  loitering like delinquent teens on the south side of our house (which happens to be the same side as our door) talk about developing mad ninja skills all in the name of getting in without the little buggers.  Frequently though, if they don't get in "with" you, they will get in "on" you as they have developed their own mad hitchhiking skills.  All in all, as much of a nuisance they can be, they have become as traditional to the season as pumpkins are around here.

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