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Post  Robbomb116 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:15 am

Friend or foe? Was hanging around my squash.

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Re: Bug Identification

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:15 am

Looks like a nymph of the box elder bug:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/306186/bgpage
They feed on box elder, certain maples, and soapberry plants. They aren't a foe in your garden - but they aren't directly helpful either. Neutral bug.

Another possibility is the red-shouldered bug, but it seems like North Dakota is not a usual part of their range, so probably not. Likewise, the charcoal seed bug is usually more westerly. The small and large milkweed bug nymphs are also black and red, but have black spots on the red that I do not see in your photos.

When squash bug nymphs are at that same partial-wing stage, they are more off an off-white speckled with gray/tan. Here's the one you should be concerned about being near your squash plants:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/725350/bgimage
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Post  Robbomb116 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:17 am

Box elder. We have a LOT. Apparently I haven't seen the nymph before...
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Post  Robbomb116 on Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:49 pm

New one on my kale. Crawling around a hole previously made by cabber Looper I believe.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:01 pm

Lacewing larva, though I'm not sure of the species.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:08 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Lacewing larva, though I'm not sure of the species.
Yep. Absolutely.  Lacewing
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Post  Robbomb116 on Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:05 am

Lacewing huh? Awesome! The kale definitely has some aphids for it to munch on!
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