CLOSED: Orange/black shield shaped big eating my brussels sprouts?!

Spicewood, TX(Zone 8b)

What is this swarming on my brussels sprouts plants? It's shaped like those green squash bugs ~ wide shoulders that taper to a rounded hind end. It's about 3/8 inch long, orange being the basic color with black spots on each side and a black triangle in the middle below the shoulders. Underneath is basically black with lots of white and orange making a rather intricate and balanced pattern of triangles, ovals and dots. It's not really a beetle, I don't think, but does have wings and a shiny shell covering them. It has six legs and the antennae aren't but maybe 1/8 inch long.

Any ideas? Times like this I wish I had a camera that took close-ups!

(I also posted this on "Garden Talk," so if you remember seeing it somewhere else, no, you're not losing it! LOL!)

Spicewood, TX(Zone 8b)

Louisa gave me the answer on Garden Talk ~ it's a Harlequin bug. Thanks again, Louisa! Man, she's fast! Now off to find out how to get rid of them...

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Do they chew the leaves, or do they seem to suck the juices from the plants?

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Here's one link:
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/veg/leaf/harlequin_bug.htm

Spicewood, TX(Zone 8b)

Awesome site, Kimberly! Thanks so much! I've got it bookmarked now! It says to control them by hand-picking and smashing eggs ~ just what Louisa's site said and the others I've found. ICK! But atleast I've got lots of practice at that. *grin* Off I go to get my bucket of beer and head to the garden...

Georgetown, TX(Zone 8a)

Aww, Wingnut, don't take it so hard! It's nothing to drive you to drink a bucket of beer.

Spicewood, TX(Zone 8b)

Hee-hee, Aimee...the beer's for the bugs ~ I like to send 'em off with a smile on their face (What a way to go, huh?). Then I feed the compost pile's alcohol habit. Now, the bucket of wine's for me. *grin*

Georgetown, TX(Zone 8a)

Attagirl!

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