box-elder bug

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Definition of box-elder bug

: a red-and-black sap-sucking bug (Leptocoris trivittatus) of the family Coreidae that sometimes feeds on fruit and hibernates in a partially dormant state often in buildings

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History and Etymology for box-elder bug

so called from its preference for the box elder

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“Box-elder bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/box-elder%20bug. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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