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What is this beetle on my Rosemary plant?


 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:19 am    Post subject: What is this beetle on my Rosemary plant? Reply with quote

Found this guy this morning and curious as to what it is....doesn't look like a rosemary beetle


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could this be it?

http://www.animalphotos.me/insect4/shbg-for.htm

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/pentotoma_rufipes.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like it, doesn't it. Shield bugs don't do harm, as a rule and like this one is definitely one of the good guys.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My ignorance didn't save this guy on this occasion, but will know for the future
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

General rule of thumb for creepy crawlies: slow-moving bad, quick-moving good! Sounds a bit like Animal Farm! But predators usually move fairly quickly, quicker than their prey, anyway.
Mind you, I've never raced a shield bug against a vine weevil (definitely a bad guy) so one's interpretation of relative speed will need to be flexible. I've never raced an earthworm against a New Zealand flat worm either, but I know which one to grind to a pulp with my shoe!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good tip that........what I am trying to educate myself so that I can spot the trouble makers rather then just think everyone is the enemy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the way to go. No point subjecting your allies to friendly fire!
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Is that the book or the film you speak of good guy?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh?? Wassat?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google it.
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