I have never seen this before. I have no idea what they are but they do not seem to be eating the plant. But I would really like to know what they are and if they are "Good" or "bad" bugs.
I believe I just destroyed one of these this morning - it was feeding on a rose bud. I think it's the dreaded Japanese beetle. Mine was like a shiny dull green metallic colour and looks like your picture. I hope someone tells us different.
These don't look like Japanese Beetles. I can't seem to find the photo in my book that I was looking for, but I think they are some kind of leaf beetle.
Japanese beetles are about the size of your fingernail or bigger, and shiny green. I hate them with a passion, they will clean out a plant in a day!
They look like ticks to me, but do ticks eat plants?
Heck!!! I was looking at the beetle on the left of the picture - forgot to scroll to the right....lol!! Looks like blackfly - the type that used to decimate my broccoli back home.
How large are these insects? What type of leaf is that? I'm having a tough time figuring out the overall scale of the critters. BTW, Zany's fortunate to live out west like she does - they don't have Japanese beetles out there. But, then again, we don't have scorpions in Ohio, either! LOL
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lol GW - I just found out that my Japanese beetle is a cockchafer beetle or chafer beetle. Green shiny head and bronzy body. Disgusting anyway!!
The chafer beetles are in full swing here in Ohio, too, Louisa. They inundate the front porch because of the bright lights we have out there. When we come home, it's
ping, ping, ping
as they ricochet off of everything around us (and us).
These range in size from about the size of a lady bug to the size of an ant. They are sitting on the leaf of an Agapanthus plant. They do not have any wings that I can discern and the shiny black in the picture is pretty much what my naked eye sees. The leaf they are on is yellowing but I do not know if these bugs are the cause or if it is simply dying naturally as it is an older leaf. I looked at them again this am and noticed there are several tiny ones in the group that are bright shiny red while the rest are black.
I thought about ticks but all the ticks I have seen were brown.
As for the Scorpions...I live on the north coast and we don't have them here. They stay with the rattle snakes in the mountains higher up from us and in the deserts. :)
Well, I still do not know what they WERE! But a Robin just finished off the last one on the plant! She must have babies to feed cause she kept coming back all morning till the last one was picked off!
Now that's the way to do it!! I hope you thanked Mrs Robin :-)