Subject:  Goldenrod Soldier Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, Nebraska
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 03:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was told this is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle. I’m not sure what they are, and if they are destructive. I used to get a ton of bees on this sedum. Now I get these Beetles doing the wild thing.
How you want your letter signed:  Alissa Apel

Mating Goldenrod Soldier Beetles

Hi again Alissa,
We don’t believe there is any connection between the disappearance of the Bees and the appearance of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles, a species that will not harm your garden.  According to BugGuide, there diet is:  “Adult: pollen and nectar of fall flowers, esp. goldenrod (
Solidago); larvae feed on locust eggs, insect larvae, cucumber beetles, and other Diabrotica spp.”  Given the predatory nature of the larvae, we consider Goldenrod Soldier Beetles to be a beneficial species.

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Location: Omaha, Nebraska

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