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by Jonnie on September 22, 2006 10:59 AM
Hi there,
I have hundreds of beetles on this bush. Can someone tell me what they are, and how to get rid of them, even if I need to? They were all over the place, including on me, when I tried weeding ferns from around the bush. Afgreyparrot is going to post the picture for me, since photobucket was NOT working for me. Thanks!

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by afgreyparrot on September 22, 2006 11:17 AM
Jonnie...here's the picture.
I was amazed at how many of those beetle things were there! [scaredy]
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by Jonnie on September 22, 2006 11:22 AM
You ought to have had them falling all over you. Even if you are not squeamish, they will make you feel yucky!

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by weezie13 on September 22, 2006 08:00 PM
They almost look like a squash bug..
Do you have any close up photos' of like one bug/
And if you don't, and do take one, can you put something in the picture so we can see proportion???

And that is alotttttt of bugs...

What plant are they all on?
Just that one kind of plant???

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Jonnie on September 22, 2006 08:42 PM
they are on that one kind of plant that I saw. My son tried to get a close up, and all he got was blur. I am not sure why. It is my granddaughter's camera, and it is brand new, so I think none of us really know what we are doing. I will look and see if I have a better shot of one.

What is a squash bug (that is what I wanted to do with them but there were too many!!!)

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by Jonnie on September 22, 2006 09:12 PM
I think I have it. hopefully this works.
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by weezie13 on September 22, 2006 09:17 PM
Here's a link to a Squash Bug
Click on the big picture with all the grey little bugs..

I am still not totally convinced that they are the same..
but maybe the same family [dunno] [dunno] [dunno]

Is the color on the bug that's in the picture on the post, the exact same color the bug is/or was it a camera glitch type...
*it looks like a blueish/pink/purple tint to it too*

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Buglady on September 22, 2006 11:11 PM
well with out a better photo it is hard to get but i am sure they are a "true bug" in the order homoptera. My guess is they are in the seed bug family, Lygaeidae. Most are plant feeders with their piercing sucking mouth parts. The more common seed bug is the milkweed bug.

It looks from the photos they are adults, as immatures they will not have fully deveoped wings, they just have wing pads and can be differnt slightly colors from the adults.

well if you want to kill them you can pick them off and put in soapy water.

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Educating the world... one bug at a time
by Jonnie on September 23, 2006 03:55 AM
I assume they will hurt the plant? They are only on that one plant. They are greyish black (I guess bluegrey/black) and they have a little red at their head...

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by Jonnie on September 23, 2006 03:56 AM
Weezie, that is close but the color is a little different?

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by Buglady on September 23, 2006 04:12 AM
For a better ID there would have to be better photos of the anatomy or someone to have the samples of the bugs. It is hard to ID to genus over the Internet especially when it is an insect that is not of economic importance.

You might be able to track it by host plant.

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The Buglady
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, www.bugladyconsulting.com
Educating the world... one bug at a time
by Triss on September 23, 2006 04:14 AM
Could the be box elder bugs?

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by weezie13 on September 23, 2006 04:17 AM
Box Elder's have bright red lines on them
I thought...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Jonnie on September 23, 2006 10:58 AM
they have some red on them.

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by Dixie Angel on September 23, 2006 11:12 AM
What kind of bush is it on, Jonnie?

Dianna

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by Jonnie on September 25, 2006 11:25 PM
A wax myrtle.

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by Buglady on September 25, 2006 11:45 PM
Might be a largus bug, Largus succinctus but again.. hard to tell from the photos.

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Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, www.bugladyconsulting.com
Educating the world... one bug at a time
by Jonnie on September 26, 2006 11:19 AM
What I want to know, is WHAT to do about it? What can I spray it with to make them go away? They are eating my wax myrtle.

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by weezie13 on September 26, 2006 11:23 AM
I'd start squishin' them by hand until you get a positive answer/identification...

I squish alot of bugs..
Holds them at bay for a bit..
Or at the very least, keeps them from mulitplying...

Or even shoosh them into a bucket of hot water w/soap in it and them them drowned...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Jonnie on September 26, 2006 11:51 AM
Weezie,
I am not so sure I can do that. I do type and things some. But I use voice to text to do most of it. I have arthritis in my hands. And there are like thousands of them. Maybe I can get my daughter and granddaughter out here, but they work. And they live in Jacksonville, while I am in Starke most of the time. I would hate to call them out here just to squash bugs.

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by weezie13 on September 26, 2006 11:50 PM
Maybe take a paper towel and run it from the biggest or widest part, up the stem and see if it squishes them and keeps them in there and you don't need such a heavy grip to do so....

Or flop them off into a bucket of soapy water?
*I do that for Japanese Beetles*

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by papito on September 27, 2006 12:47 AM
Jonnie,

Suggest you contact the extension office below and ask for advice. Ask for the extension officer, the IPM (integrated pest management) officer or the local Master Gardeners in that order.

Bradford County Cooperative Extension Office

2266 N. Temple Ave., Starke, FL 32091-1028

(904) 964-6280

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by Jonnie on September 27, 2006 03:18 AM
Good idea. I will try to get out there tomorrow. I didn't think about just doing that. My hands have been hurting lately and it just pains me to even think about having to grip and squish things.

And Temple Avenue is not too far, maybe when I go to the grocery store, I can go by there with my granddaughter. Even if I get rid of them I would like to know WHAT they are, and what to do next time.

Well, time to go mop the floor ... [Frown]

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by papito on September 27, 2006 04:08 AM
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Even if I get rid of them I would like to know WHAT they are, and what to do next time.
It would help these people tremendously if you can bring samples of the bugs, either alive in a jar or dead in a see-through plastic bag. Be sure to write your name & phone number, in case you can't wait and they have to phone in the results to you at a later time.

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