Black bug/beetle with red stripe ?

nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)July 27, 2009

I have some black insects, about the size of a deer tick, that have a red stripe right down the middle of it's back. It also looks like there's maybe a small amount of red on the rear end. So far I'm only finding them climbing the house.....

does anyone know what they might be, and if they're harmful or good?

Pudge suggested a maple bug, but unfortunately I hadn't given a very good description because I know that's not what they are.

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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Maybe ladybug larvae?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 11:45PM
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I was looking for this too and I think it's called Boxelder Bugs and Red-Shouldered Bugs. I've had an issue with them this year too and can't seem to get rid of the pests.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 3:30PM
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Where are you from Danielle? If you're from Canada, there's information on

The only thing I've ever called a boxelder bug, is a maple bug, and that's not the insects that I had. Fortunately, I never found them on my plants and whatever they were, they didn't come back this year.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 8:29PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

So they weren't ladybug larvae?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 10:52PM
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Northspruce. No they weren't. I wish they had been. The more of the ladies the better.

I never did find them lurking on any of the plants, just on the outside of the house, and I didn't have them last year.

I've ordered a Rodale's book called The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control, and it apparently has pictures of insects, so if I'm lucky I'll be able to identify it just for curiosity sake now.

Oh, BTW, was it you that suggested the book Caring for Perennials - What to Do and When to Do It? I have it on order =:) If I keep this up we're going to need another room in the house.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 11:17PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA) is the best website EVER but it's time consuming to find anything, especially without the varmint in front of you.

Wasn't me who suggested the book but it sounds good! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 11:09AM
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Seems I forgot about this question from 2009.

Thanks for the website. I looked at hundreds of beetles, etc., and still haven't found it.

Great website to keep on my list though =:) Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 8:36PM
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