What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: green bug invades balcony
Location: Docklands, Victoria
January 6, 2013 1:21 am
on Friday when it was hot 40C these beetles invaded my balcony in high numbers and have not left since
Signature: Does this beetle harm my plants

Plague Soldier Beetle

We have posted a few letters over the past several weeks with similar concerns.  This is a Plague Soldier Beetle and according to csiro news blog when it was the Insect of the Week in November:  “An unfamiliar yellow and green beetle with a soft body may be a source of curiosity if it turns up in your garden. Will it eat the plants, or bite people? A dozen of the beetles together might start to cause concern. But ten thousand of them festooning a tree are bound to raise alarm. Yet the insect in question won’t harm either you or your plants.” 

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