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Subject: Black and orange bugs
Location: Southwest Missouri
July 10, 2012 11:02 am
I am in Southwest Missouri. I’ve had these bugs in my garden destroying plants and vegetables for about 2 months now. They started with some of the weeds, but when I pulled the weeds to keep the seeds from dropping into the garden, they moved on to the spinach. After destroying all my spinach, they have now moved on to my tomatoes. They were only eating a few over ripe tomatoes, now they are even starting on the green ones! They seem to swarm in an area at a time (there must be several hundred to a thousand when they swarm)
I’ve done all sorts of research and just can’t seem to find a picture or any info online.
They have dark orange heads, black legs, small pinchers and black or dark brown bodies with orange stripes running the length of their wings/bodies.
Sorry for the quality of the pics. I’ve got some of them in a plastic bag.
Do you have any idea what they are and how to get rid of them? (Preferably using an organic solution)
Signature: -Kris

Striped Blister Beetles

Hi Kris,
We recently posted this letter from nearby Wisconsin of Striped Blister Beetles, also called the Old Fashioned Potato Bug.  You should not handle the Striped Blister Beetles because many members of the family secrete a compound known as cantharidin that can cause skin to blister.  We do not give extermination advice.  See BugGuide for additional information. 

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Location: Missouri

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