These 10 Insects Found In North Dakota Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine
By Leah|Updated on November 07, 2023(Originally published May 29, 2022)
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
Did you know there were some downright terrifying bugs in North Dakota? Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of bugs. I can handle all of the other common fears such as rodents, snakes, heights, and blood. Insects, however, will send me shrieking and sprinting in the opposite direction. Even butterflies make me a little anxious if they get too close. Knowing these bugs are found in my own state wasn’t exactly the best news.
I hope this article is as fun for you to read as it was for me to research, which means it will make you check your sheets before going to bed tonight. Twice. Not saying that I did that or anything, but I may have done that. I wish I didn’t know that these bugs in North Dakota could be near me, but if you’re brave enough, then here you go. The following are 10 insects that can be found right here in the state of North Dakota. How many of them have you come into contact with?
Have you ever come across any of these 10 bugs in North Dakota? What is some other North Dakota wildlife that you’ve encountered? If so, please share them with us in the comments below! Meanwhile, you may wish to invest in some insect protection!
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What is North Dakota's official insect?
Like with most states, there's such a variety of North Dakota insects. Many of them are pretty harmless, while several others tend to bite, sting, etc. The official insect of North Dakota is the ladybug. Governor Jack Dalrymple designated the Convergent Lady Beatle the state's official insect on March 15, 2011. Best known as the ladybug, this North Dakota insect, which is said to symbolize luck, is about 1 centimeter long. Even though there are different types of ladybugs, and they're all different colors, the most common one we're most familiar with is red with black spots. These ladybugs are harmless, so if you encounter one outdoors, there's no need to worry. And who knows? You might even experience some good luck after encountering one.
What's one of the most dangerous North Dakota bugs?
There's no denying that there's a lot of wildlife in North Dakota, and this of course includes bugs. While exploring the outdoors of North Dakota, you'll likely encounter several types of bugs. Most of them are harmless. However, there are some you'll want to watch out for. One in particular is the assassin bug. The assassin bug, known as the kissing bug, can carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which has been known to cause Chagas disease. On average, this disease kills about 12,000 people per year. Even though the chance of contracting this disease is quite low, you still shouldn't ever touch an assassin bug if you ever come into contact with one. The coloring of these North Dakota bugs ranges from light brown to black, and they typically measure 1/2" to 1 inch long. Many people often get them confused with cockroaches. In addition to the outdoors, assassin bugs can also be found inside of homes, specifically near pet beds and under or near mattresses. Much like bed bugs, assassin bugs typically hang out near blood hosts.