Bug ID please :)

scgirlmwAugust 23, 2012

These little buggers are all over my corn and visiting the broccoli in my community garden plot. My fellow gardeners and I can't agree if it's a Harlequin bug. Thoughts?? And best way to get rid of whatever it is? Thanks

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Well, it's not the best image to go by, but I'm going to GUESS that it might be Bagrada hilaris, a new (to this country) invader that first showed up in California, I believe.

It is closely related to the Harlequin bug and all of the other shield bugs.

Check the attached Google images page for comparison and let us know.

Here is a link that might be useful: Painted Shield bug

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 12:09PM
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scgirlmw

I think that might be it! I will try and take a better picture tonight just to make sure. I took like 8 photos but I only had my camera phone and that was the best image I could get. I'll come prepared with an actual camera tonight. Thank you so much!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 8:12PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm pretty sure that's it, too. They can be found all kinds of plants, but apparently favor those in the Brassicaceae family (cabbage, broccoli, etc.)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 10:19PM
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scgirlmw

Here is one more picture for your id'ing pleasure :) I sprayed some Neem yesterday at the recommendation of my local garden supply store - they didn't know what the bug was but said Neem kills most everything.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 12:42AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

No, neem does NOT kill almost everything. It has very little effect on insects that do not actually feed on plant tissues or juices. It works as an anti-feedant as well as a growth regulator.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 7:59AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Check here
http://cisr.ucr.edu/bagrada_bug.html

Here is a link that might be useful: bagrada bug

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 8:57PM
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scgirlmw

Thanks guys for helping with the ID - I will research alternative methods for getting rid of them. I guess the garden supply store is only slightly more helpful than Home Depot which is not at all helpful LOL

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 1:15AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm not saying that neem isn't a good tool for you to use....I was simply trying to clarify the description used. Neem will probably help prevent continuous feeding and reproduction of these pests, but don't expect them to drop dead in an instant. Neem doesn't work like that.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 1:45PM
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