Iridescent beetles with red back pattern
Location: Atlanta, GA
April 19, 2012 9:39 pm
Do you know what these beetles are? There’s a small army of them on the front of my house.
True Bugs are often confused for beetles, but True Bugs have piercing and sucking mouthparts for feeding on fluids while beetles have chewing mouthparts for feeding on solids. These are very young Florida Predatory Stink Bugs or Euthyrhynchus floridanus in an unwinged nymph stage. Adults often appear in the fall and because of their coloration and markings, which are like a mask, they are called Halloween Bugs. You can see BugGuide for more information.