Bug Identification

Asked July 27, 2020, 8:57 PM EDT

I was walking under my white Birch tree and there's so many of these bugs on it that they're just falling off. What are they? There are also a lot of leaf miners (specific variety unidentified. This is the first year that I've seen so many leaf miners in general) on that tree. I didn't know if the leaf miners were the baby bugs or if the bugs were eating the miners.

Marquette County Michigan

1 Response

This is an immature (not adult) life stage of an insect in the Order Hemiptera. It might be a Seed bug (Lygaeidae). This insect is unrelated to leafminers (who are often flies). As an adult, it will feed on the leaves.