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They look like baby Box elder bugs to me. There ususally is a box elder tree nearby. We get them here in PA. Some years the front of our house is covered with them and some years none. We had an exterminator and he said yard would have to be sprayed and that would not garantee that they would not come. He said the only way is to cut down the tree. The good news is...they do not sting or get in your food. They just hang out. They love the sun. So we just leave them be. The box elder tree is in our neighbors yard so cutting it down was not an option.
Aha, Candyce! Thanks. The cabinet installer told me he thought they were box elder beetles. They don't look like a beetle . I don't know if we have a box elder tree along the back of the fence or not. Maybe one of the neighbors is. My arborist son will be here next month and I'll find out! He knows his trees. I'm off to look that bug up now in a book I have!
When they are adult they will be black with a red V.
I don't know about the bugs. I've never seen them. I think the flower is some sort of evening primrose (Oenothera). There are tons of kinds of them. Between the bugs and the flowers, you have a very colorful yard!
The flower closes up at night, Joan!
Those are cute bugs, and I have never seen any like that. But I prefer the wonderful birds you have been featuring lately. You are so very lucky in your neighborhood.
We are, Tracy. I love it here. We have Pine Siskins and a Red Winged Blackbird coming now too and a nuthatch!
I wonder if that red colour means they are poisonous to the birds, otherwise you would think they would be out there hoovering them up!
I'll have to find out Katrina. I'm going to look them up and see! Candice thinks they are Box Elder bugs so I'm starting there.