Until I moved to Montana, I don’t recall ever seeing (or hearing of) Box Elder bugs. I quickly learned, however, that they are harmless, rather cute (for bugs) with their black-and-red design, and plentiful at this time of year as they look for some warm spots to hang out. I’m pretty freaked out by insects in general, but these little fellas don’t bother me too much; if one is crawling on me, I’ll usually just flick it off. I enjoy their initial appearance each year because it means that summer is over and autumn has arrived! But is it my imagination, or is there a WHOLE LOT more of them this year than usual?