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ID this bug please

 
Patrick Mann
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What kind of bug is this? I'm hoping it's beneficial, because I see lots of them - mainly on my sunflowers, corn, and asparagus.




 
Patrick Mann
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I have decided it is a common red soldier beetle
http://bugguide.net/node/view/89507

Adults eat insects; and I've noticed that the leafhoppers quickly disappear once the solider beetles arrive ... so I count them as beneficials.
 
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Thanks Patrick, that's good to know as I have some of those too in my garden. I'll smile at them the next time I see one
 
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