A good guy: Leatherwing beetles show up in spring, and eat aphids!

Insects are six-legged arthropods which are almost always winged at some stage of their life. The diversity of insects is vast, and many different species of insects can be found in Davis.

The Entomology department studies insects and runs the Bohart Museum of Entomology on Campus which is a good place to go to learn more about insects. If, on the other other other other hand, you want to get rid of your insects, try one of the local pest control resources.

Spiders, having eight legs, are not insects, but arachnids. Pillbugs, meanwhile, are crustaceans (but not pink crustaceans). Nor are other Davis BUGs or Spider Friends.

Looking to identify a bug of any sort you found in Davis? Take a photo and try the incredible Bug Guide resource... then come back to the wiki and tell us about it so we know what is in our backyard!

Insects found in Davis


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2010-03-24 22:58:51   Today I was waiting at a bus stop and I found a pile of these weird insects on top of something. Some of them had a red rear end and the rest was black. They looked like slightly large ants and at first I thought they looked like worms or something until I realized that another one of the bugs were attached to the rear end of the other bug. Anyone have a clue what these could have been? —hankim

2010-03-24 23:12:08   I have always wondered what those are and why they are stuck to each other, they seem to be very numerous this time of year. —DagonJones

2010-03-24 23:51:50   Could be.... http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/entml2/MF2580.pdfDonShor

2010-03-25 09:32:29   That is them, Red shouldered bugs or Boxelder bugs. —DagonJones

2010-03-25 10:06:51   Koelreuteria paniculata is a host, as are maples. They aren't particularly harmful, but the populations can get locally so large that they are a nuisance. They do seem to be in a permanent state of copulation. —DonShor

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