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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: red and black bug - friend or foe?

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sterhill
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 21, 2006
3:36 PM

Post #2416132

This one is new to me. Good for my garden or not?
edited to say this is a little bit longer than a ladybug

This message was edited Jun 21, 2006 11:37 AM

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2006
5:52 PM

Post #2416704

It is Asphaera lustrans. Also called the shining flea beetle.

Edited to add a link:
http://www.texasento.net/lustrans.htm

Not sure about what it might eat in your garden though. Flea beetles generally do some damage...

This message was edited Jun 21, 2006 12:54 PM
sterhill
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 21, 2006
7:16 PM

Post #2416982

Thanks very much - that is it. I did a google and did find it on lists but no informative material. I'll keep looking to see if it is a friend or foe...

Thanks,
Sterling
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2006
7:45 PM

Post #2417072

I did notice in one spot that it said it was a beetle that occurs in Texas and South America, without mentioning any other states. I wonder if it is one of those insects that is "on the move" into new territory. Other beetles in that family include the leaf skeletonizing beetles. Keep an eye out for that sort of behaviour!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2006
9:05 PM

Post #2417330

Well, according to your link, if you read further down, it eats things in the skullcap family...And it is in the south central states extending on up into the central central states, then over to Florida. Definitely a plant eater - of skullcap.
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2006
9:12 PM

Post #2417361

Well there you go - always helps to actually read further down on the links that one posts!

(slapping myself on the forehead)

LOL
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2006
9:41 PM

Post #2417471

LOL!
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2006
12:30 AM

Post #2418013

really cool looking beetle

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