Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, NE
Date: 08/23/2018
Time: 10:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug my marigolds. Will it hurt my flowers?
How you want your letter signed:  Mary P

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Mary,
The Goldenrod Soldier Beetle will not harm your marigolds or any other flowers.  According to BugGuide:  “Adult: pollen and nectar of fall flowers, esp. goldenrod (
Solidago); larvae feed on locust eggs, insect larvae, cucumber beetles, and other Diabrotica spp.”  One could infer your garden will be benefit from the presence of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles since they don’t harm the blossoms and their larvae will feed on many creatures that will eat plants in your garden.

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

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