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contributed by Sarah F.
Heads up for these new bugs on the block!
Their scientific name is Rhyparochromis vulgaris. A common name is tuxedo bug.
They are appearing in large numbers all around the Puget Sound area. They live outside in mulch, stumps, woody debris piles and are fast runners. They like to come into the house to overwinter like ladybugs or box elder beetles. . They are seed eaters and not a problem other than a nuisance for home owners. Here is a quote from Sharon Coleman, a WSU Horticulture and IPM Educator in Snohomish County extension facility’s quote:
“My guess is they are feeding on all the fallen seeds in my garden which are likely all weeds so “go seedbugs”.
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Big shot of this little guy: