The Coolest Bugs in All of Texas

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Texas has some of the coolest bugs in the world. Don’t let your fear of bugs prevent you from enjoying the wonders of Texas. We have some of the most attractive pollinators and beneficial insects. Not every bug is an enemy, and not every bug is dangerous. Check out some information about the coolest bugs around.

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Fireflies

These remarkable insects light up Texas fields, hillsides, and forests in the early summer every year just as the sun goes down. They’re a wondrous sight to see. They lay eggs in wet springs, and the bugs grow underground for almost a year, so the wetter the spring, the more you’ll see next year. As a side note, their population is in decline, so discourage kids from catching and encourage just looking.

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Cicadas

Identify cicadas by their iconic chirping sound; a familiar part of summer nights. You may have heard that they only come around once every 17 years, but Texas has more than 40 species, and several different generations. It’s true that cicadas pose a threat to plants and crops, but they don’t pose a threat to people. So enjoy their bright, iridescent color and nostalgic white noise chirping.

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Dragonflies

Dragonflies are some of the most striking bugs to catch in flight. When it comes to the coolest bugs, it’s tough to top these creatures. Their bodies have bright, pearlescent colors. They capture and eat bugs like mosquitoes, gnats, and flies, helping to keep those populations down. With their aerodynamic shape, they can fly backward or straight up and down, sort of like a bug helicopter.

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Ladybugs

Ladybugs are another instantly recognizable member of the cool bugs club. What you may not realize is that they come in tons of varieties. Some are covered in short hairs. Some are bright red, while others are dark, blood-red in color. Others are black with red spots. 

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Polyphaga Beetles

Polyphaga beetles are diverse beetles, with 144 subspecies found around the world. Some of the most remarkable species shine in metallic colors. Like cicadas, they damage crops but aren’t directly dangerous to people. Easily identify one of these stunning insects by the hind coxa, or base of the legs. If the legs come from more frontward of the beetle, it is a Polyphaga!

Do you have a concern about an unknown backyard friend? Reach out to Integrity Termite & Pest Services, Inc., or give us a call today!

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