Bug ID good or bad

AzDesertRat(AZ 8b Sunset 12)August 5, 2004

While inspecting some plants today, I noticed a slender dark/black bug with an orange colored head. There were 2 of them. One was about 1/2" long, the other a little smaller. I went inside to grab my camera, and when I went outside, the bugs were gone.

I just want to know what they are and whether they are good guys or bad guys. I looked for them on the internet and couldn't find them anywhere.

Thank You

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starla756(z8 al)

Sounds like fireflies,they're good guys.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 4:43AM
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AzDesertRat(AZ 8b Sunset 12)

Thanks Starla, I am pretty sure they are not fireflies. Unfortunately, they don't seem to like our deserts down here. I remember them well when I lived in Michigan and Tennessee, though.

I want to add that they do fly, in a similar manner to lacewigs. Could it be a baby lacewig?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 8:23PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Nope. Baby lacewings don't fly.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2004 at 10:55PM
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byron(4a/5b NH)

Try Potato beetle/bug

Byron

    Bookmark   August 15, 2004 at 4:59PM
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AzDesertRat(AZ 8b Sunset 12)

I think I have found it. I am almost 100% positive that it is a soldier beetle, which is one of the "good guys". Thanks for all of your responses.

Here is a link that might be useful: Soldier Beetle

    Bookmark   August 15, 2004 at 5:07PM
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