The Boxelder Bug

The life and diet of a Boxelder Bug

The Boxelder Bug

December 30, 2015

Boxelder Bug

Latin name: Boisea trivittata   (“tri” – three and “vittata” – banded)

Where does it live: North America in boxelder, maple and ash trees

Size: The adults will grow to about 12.5 millimeters

Color: They are primarily dark brown or black with red wing veins and markings on the bottom

Diet: The feed almost exclusively on the seeds of a Maple tree

Boxelder Bugs are considered more of a nuisance pest.  They seek the warmth of your house in colder months.  They aren’t known to cause serious damage to plants, although they may pierce through plant tissue during feeding.