Minute pirate bugs
Anthocoridae family, especially Orius tristicolor, O. insidiosus
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
John Ruberson, Kansas State University, Bugwood.org
Size: Up to 1/5 inch long
Description: Black bugs with white markings at the base of the front wings resulting in a band-like appearance across the body when wings are at rest.
Where/When: Found throughout the summer months and into fall on and around garden plants.
Significance: A predator of small insects and mites; they can be an important natural enemy of some pest insects. They sometimes bite people during the fall; however, they do not feed on blood or inject any saliva (they are just probing).