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Bug ID good or bad

Posted by AzDesertRat AZ 8b Sunset 12 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 5, 04 at 23:57

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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RE: Bug ID good or bad

Sounds like fireflies,they're good guys.

RE: Bug ID good or bad

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?

RE: Bug ID good or bad

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 10, 04 at 22:55

Nope. Baby lacewings don't fly.

RE: Bug ID good or bad

  • Posted by Byron 4a/5b NH (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 15, 04 at 16:59

Try Potato beetle/bug


RE: Bug ID good or bad

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

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