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I have been trying to identify this bug found in north west Georgia area. They travel in large groups. They fly, jump and crawl. I see them on wood mostly. Currently they are going under the siding of my house. They are brownish black with a red strip and a red underbelly

Hi, Celeste:

Thank you for including the images with your question.

Those would be the "Eastern Boxelder Bug," Boisea trivittata .  Here is a blog post I wrote about them:

The comments are interesting, too.

Hope this helps!


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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