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Our fall-colored mystery bug last week was a newly-molted boxelder bug.

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I thought some of you might have noticed the cast exoskeleton right behind it. boxelder-bug-eyes

After a few hours, it would have looked like this.

Boxelder bugs overwinter as adults, so the mystery bug was getting ready for winter.

Let me know if you would like to see more mystery bugs.

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What's that peeking out of a crack in the old tree stump?

Why it's a boxelder bug checking to see if spring has arrived.

Have you ever noticed how red a boxelder bug's eyes are?

I just found out that they have boxelder bug day festivities each fall in Minneota, Minnesota. This year's event will be held September 9-11, 2011. Cool! Let me know if you attend.