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Can you identifiy this good bug?

Posted by bella_trix z10 N.Cal (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 1, 06 at 22:07

I have a friend in my garden. It starts out as a nymph with a red abdomen and was hanging out on lantana. I saw the adult on a grapevine. It (obviously) likes to eat japanese beetles, to it is definitely a good bug!

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Thanks,
Bellatrix


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RE: Can you identifiy this good bug?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 1, 06 at 23:14

Called a wheel bug.

Did you take the photo in N. CA? If so, your county's Agricultural Commission is VERY likely to want to know about the Japanese beetles!


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RE: Can you identifiy this good bug?

Thank you! Whoops, forgot my profile still says Northern Californa - I actually just moved to Pennsylvania. Hence, the overwhelming number of Japanese bettles.

Thanks again,
Bellatrix


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One year I had a wheel bug (the largest of the assassin bugs) live in the fronds of the asparagus and gorge on JB all sumeer.


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I need some of those. They would stay fat and happy around here!

Carey


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Is this an assassin bug? Can I buy them from anyplace?


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Yea, where can I buy some of those? Didn't find any praying mantis egg sacs this year so I need something!


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