|Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)|
Species: pennsylvanicus (pen-sil-VAN-ih-kus) (Info)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Bay City, Michigan
Efland, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mountain View, North Carolina
Fruit Hill, Ohio
Halfway House, Pennsylvania
Kyles Ford, Tennessee
|Positive ||melody ||On Jul 25, 2006, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:
This is a Good Guy Bug...the adult eats pollen , nectar and small insects, the larvae eats grasshopper eggs, small catepillars and beetles.
The adults are about 1/2" long and they are found in meadows, fields and grasslands east of the Rocky Mountains.
Several species are actually used for a biological control of the Corn Earworm.
|Positive ||sallyg ||On Aug 4, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7a) wrote:
Common here in central Maryland on flowers for the pollen.
|Positive ||MsKatt ||On Aug 18, 2008, MsKatt from Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b) wrote:
These were all over my Sweet Autumn Clematis! I'm glad to find out that they are beneficial.
|Positive ||LetaAnne ||On Sep 22, 2008, LetaAnne from Kyles Ford, TN wrote:
We have this insect in our neck of the woods in eastern Tennessee. I'm glad to read that it is possibly beneficial for controlling the corn ear worm, since I need all the help I can get! I think this is a beautiful bug.
|Positive ||aabeck ||On Sep 1, 2011, aabeck from Elizabethtown, KY wrote:
I am so angry with myself! Being new to the area, and new to gardening, I thought these were a type of cucumber beetle, and destroyed them. Ironic, since I'm trying to use organic methods as much as possible, and these guys would have been such a help!
|Positive ||nutsaboutnature ||On Aug 25, 2012, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:
I just found out what these were a few minutes ago and I'm thrilled! It's so rare to have an insect "just show up" that turns out to be beneficial.
I didn't recall ever seeing them before so when I started noticing them on my Gaillardia I posted a question...along with pics...on DG Insect and Spider Identification. Within a very few minutes I got a definitive answer from Flapdoodle (along with a link to a photo).
Now that I know more about them I sure hope they stick around for a while!
By-the-way, they really are kind of a pretty color combo.
There are a total of 17 photos.
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