What kind of bug is this?

g-in-fl(9a Florida)September 25, 2012

I found this little guy on my roses. Is he friend or foe?

It's not easy to see him because he is carrying so much on his back.

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malcolm_manners

friend! It is a trashbug, and the back ornaments are the carcasses of his victims.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 8:50PM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

Oh wow! I lived in Florida for 18 years and never saw one of those (well never noticed one anyway)! I just Googled some more images, and that is one interesting little creature :)

Tammy

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 9:03PM
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harmonyp

As to friend or foe - definitely friend:

"Feeding habits: Larvae feed on aphids, thrips, mites, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies, eggs of leafhoppers, moths, cabbage loopers, corn earworms, Colorado potato beetles, asparagus beetles, leaf miners, and several other small caterpillars and beetle larvae. Developing larvae eat from 100 to 600 aphids a day.

Economic importance: Control of many troublesome insects. One of our most important beneficial insects.
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    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 10:49AM
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g-in-fl(9a Florida)

Boy, I'm sure glad I didn't squish him!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 5:36PM
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