unknown beetle in garden
Location: Conroe, Texas, USA
April 9, 2011 5:57 pm
my mom found these ladybug-like beetles in the garden, but they act nothing like them. they seam to like sticks and stay in a large group. we need to know if thy are harmful or helpful to our garden.
These are immature Florida Predatory Stink Bugs, and despite the name, their range is not limited to Florida. They stay together when young, and as they mature, they begin to hunt individually. They are considered to be a beneficial species because they prey upon plant feeding insects in the garden.