The Long-necked Seed Bug, Myodocha serripes, is a common insect in grassy areas of Indiana. These tiny bugs are often overlooked; they are less than 10 mm (3/8 inch) when full grown. The occasionally attract notice when very large populations damage strawberries.
Myodocha serripes is in the family, Rhyparochromidae which means “dirt-colored”. Many members of this family have an enlarged femur on the foreleg. A ventral spine near the leg joint gives this bug the look of a fierce predator that uses its front legs to grasp and hold prey. However, it does not use its front legs to hold prey. It isn’t predatory. It feeds on seeds. Taxonomists routinely comment on the enlarged femurs in this group of insects, but comment little on how the femurs are used.
Myodocha serripes is attracted to lights at night. This one appeared on our Black lighting cloth.