Possibly Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Subject: Identify beetle
Location: lat: 34.328092 long: -118.451715
May 5, 2013 12:08 pm
Trying to ID this ”beetle” found in an area where horses are staged for trail riding. The area is surrounded by non-native ponderosa pine stand. Sylmar California, at Wilson Saddle trailhead. Thought they were Democrat Beetles, but not quite
Signature: Dean

Possibly Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs
Possibly Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Dear Dean,
We believe you are referring to Democrat Bugs which are True Bugs in the order Hemiptera, not beetles.  These are not Democrat Bugs, but they are Hemipteran nymphs.  We believe they might be Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs.  You can compare your individuals to this image from BugGuide.

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