Ed Ruscha pumps gas with boxelder bugs

"Many bugs in the family Lygaeidae have black and orange/red coloration making them difficult for amateurs to differentiate." Jonathan Neal, Living With Insects blog.

Many seed bugs do not normally remind me of Ed Ruscha paintings, but this post included a photo of a Biblical plague of seed bugs at a California gas station at night. It's sort of a post-Apocalyptic Little Gas Station On the Prairie:

(This is not an Ed Ruscha painting.)

Ed Ruscha is "that Pop Art guy who paints gas stations". I had forgotten that Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska and lived many years in OKC. I might have been to several of the same gas stations over the decades. 

In Nebraska we used to note a mostly benign annual autumn aggregation of boxelder bugs around the front stoop at 501 Eastridge Drive. The bugs were an impressive black and red, much like a Ruscha gas station. They were probably adult female Eastern Boxelder Bugs, Leptocoris trivittatus seeking a spot inside the concrete step near the busy clothes dryer's warming vent to over-winter

So, I'm surrendering on identifying seed bugs, plant bug, red/black bugs, Texaco, Conoco, and other gas station insects. Just glad I'm not trying to remove bug guts, bird poop, and pollen from the windshield of a red and white '61 Plymouth Sport Fury at a gas station in the middle of the night with a gritty old squeegie from an evaporated suds tub.

Oak Point bridge railing 4/21/2011

Also 4/21/2011 Oak Point

I'm including this image by long-time 365 Project photographer Richard Saffold because the vintage auto added to my mental ramblings among seed bugs and gas stations.
This lowrider might be in the family Lygaeidae

As an amateur, I have trouble differentiating red/black insects, pop art Route 66 gas station, bug infestations, and classic cars. That's the job description for nighttime dream fairies.

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