Subject: Goldenrod Soldier Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug: Omaha, Nebraska
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
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.