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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on Sun 18 May 2014 - 17:48

Found these little guys crawling around in the garden today. The black beetle was just hanging out on a leaf in our "pollinator" bed. The other one was actually inside one of the flowers on one of our Cantaloupe plants. The 2nd one looks like a "bug eater" but of course I have no idea what it is. He had some long mandibles that looked like they would be good for chomping on other bugs.





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Post  camprn on Sun 18 May 2014 - 17:56

s1rGr1nG0 wrote:Found these little guys crawling around in the garden today. The black beetle was just hanging out on a leaf in our "pollinator" bed. The other one was actually inside one of the flowers on one of our Cantaloupe plants. The 2nd one looks like a "bug eater" but of course I have no idea what it is. He had some long mandibles that looked like they would be good for chomping on other bugs.





Did you try bug guide.net?
they could be beneficials.

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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on Sun 18 May 2014 - 17:58

No, I didn't know the addy. I'll head there now. I didn't squish them because I wanted to see what they were first and my first impression was beneficial bugs.
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Post  camprn on Sun 18 May 2014 - 18:01

s1rGr1nG0 wrote:No, I didn't know the addy. I'll head there now. I didn't squish them because I wanted to see what they were first and my first impression was beneficial bugs.
Always check the stickies, there's loads of information there.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on Mon 19 May 2014 - 5:18

The black one looks like a young June Bug.  Same sort of iridescence & shape...

No clue on the other.
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Post  camprn on Mon 19 May 2014 - 8:28

AtlantaMarie wrote:The black one looks like a young June Bug.  Same sort of iridescence & shape...

No clue on the other.
Thanks Marie. Speculation in this case isn't very helpful. If you have some time to do the research, any confirmed information you find would be greatly appreciated. Please post informational links.

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Post  Judy McConnell on Mon 19 May 2014 - 10:32

Difficult to tell about the black beetle - looks like it could be one of the flower beetle group.

I suspect that the other insect is a immature (nymph) bug and it looks like one of the assassin bug group - a beneficial insect.

Photos are good but one needs to hold the insects in hand to really identify them for real.
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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on Mon 19 May 2014 - 11:32

Judy McConnell wrote:Difficult to tell about the black beetle - looks like it could be one of the flower beetle group.

I suspect that the other insect is a immature (nymph) bug and it looks like one of the assassin bug group - a beneficial insect.

Photos are good but one needs to hold the insects in hand to really identify them for real.
Yeah, I went to the link provided by Camprn, (thanks by the way Camp!  Very Happy ), and...well....do you realize how many "small black beetles" a search there pulls up! LOL
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Post  camprn on Mon 19 May 2014 - 15:03

Try contacting the Extension service.

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