Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bugs


QUESTION: I live in eastern washington state and every september we get overwhelmed by small light brown bugs.  I was told they were a sage beetle but have found nothing that looks like these called that.  They do emit a sage type smell when messed with.  They are harmless they are just a pain for they get into my home and we cannot seem to get rid of them.  Help?

ANSWER: Can you send me a photo of these bugs?

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QUESTION: sorry...had some computer problems.  Heres a pic:

This definitely a member of the Hemiptera (True Bugs) but without seeing the legs I cannot tell you what species.  Sage bugs  are different from sage beetles. These do have the shape of a sage bug but they should be greenish. Since they smell like sage they may be sage bugs with a color variation

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Walter Hintz


I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.


I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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