What's "Bugging" me?

Asked July 9, 2014, 2:48 AM EDT

My backyard garden is overrun this year by a bug that I first noticed on my raspberries. Some of the leaves had a little cluster of eggs. They hatch into a little red bug with 4 legs & 2 antenna's. As an adult they have brownish wings with a red body, but you really dont see the red until they take flight. As adults i see them seemingly sucking the juice from the ripe berry. It looks like they mate on the ground, connecting front to back & back to front, reminding me of a train with 2 engines. Usually one goes forwards while pulling the other one backwards. I have killed 50 or 60 and haven't noticed a stink or a smell. Any idea's?

Lane County Oregon insect issues

1 Response

Sounds like one of the true bugs in the order Hemiptera. There are many species that feed on plants, and have the other characteristics you describe. It is always a good idea to post a picture with an id question if possible. Check with the county Extension office for specific control suggestions but neem oil insecticide is often useful in gardens for these pests.