Striped Blister Beetle

What bug is this
August 20, 2009
i have a bunch of these bugs in my yard and i want to know what they are
Duncan Oklahoma
Dear Michael,
This is a Striped Blister Beetle, Epicauta vittata.  According to BugGuide it:  “Feeds on variety of plants, especially Solanaceae (e.g., potatoes, tomatoes), also soybeans, other crops. Pigweed, Amaranthus species, not a crop plant, is also fed upon extensively.”  It is also called an Old Fashioned Potato Bug.

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