Perennials forum: What are these, and what can I do to get rid of them?

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Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Apr 23, 2016 11:58 AM CST
Columbines sure seem to be a favorite of at least a couple different pests in my garden. First I had a problem with caterpillars. They were eating all the leaves off the plant. I used Diatomaceous Earth and was able to save some of my plants from looking like green skeletons. Now I find these little bugs all over the blooms. Anyone know what they are and how I can go about getting rid of them? Preferably the least toxic way for all the good bugs and other wildlife?

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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Apr 23, 2016 6:17 PM CST
To me they look like Japanese Beetles.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 24, 2016 7:23 AM CST
They are not Japanese beetles. I call them soldier bugs
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 24, 2016 7:25 AM CST
They are not Soldier bugs either though. Try posting in the insect forum. Or even Ask A Question forum
Name: Duane
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duane456
Apr 24, 2016 9:12 AM CST
They sort of look like stink bugs
Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Apr 24, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Thank you for all your suggestions. I didn't even know we had a insect forum here, so thank you also for that. That may be the perfect place to post this.
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 25, 2016 7:34 AM CST
Janet will know what they are @JRsbugs can you help?
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 25, 2016 7:50 AM CST
I've checked this out but can't find an exact match.

It is a "stink bug" which are often predatory, it might have been wanting to feed on the caterpillars.

I would say it's in the Subfamily Pentatominae (family Pentatomidae).

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 25, 2016 8:10 AM CST
I think I found it, in fact I'm sure! I searched for "stink bugs aquilegia Washington state" and up it came in google images!

Cosmopepla uhleri, it's in the Tribe Carpocorini where I had looked but no examples came up.

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 25, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Janet @JRsbugs you truly are a Super Sleuth! Thank you!
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 25, 2016 8:31 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up nodding
Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Apr 26, 2016 12:50 AM CST
Thanks Janet! So do they just mate on the columbine? Though they are a bit unsightly all over the blooms, I won't bother them if that's all their doing. Guess I could look this up myself now sense you found the name for me. Smiling
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 26, 2016 4:53 AM CST
Stink Bugs. There has been an exceptional invasion here in the east, since last fall. They come into the house,drives the cats nuts and gives them something to play with.
They are slow moving so we just catch them and release them outside.
We swept them off the side of the house starting in August.
Creepy.
Our local paper had an article on the invasion.
Speaking of invasions, this is the year of the 17 year cicadas, get ready everyone.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 26, 2016 4:54 AM CST
Some bugs have a host plant, I recognised that this one was very similar in shape (the pronotum but mainly the scutellum) to one I have which is called Woundwort Shieldbug (Eysacoris venustissimus) which is what prompted me to search for the plant in your case. They are supposed to be specific to the plant, and I have seen them mating on Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) which is native and I found some growing on the roadside at the front of my property. The plant has since spread and I have a large patch of it under the Horse Chestnut tree which in turn attracts a species of bee which isn't often seen.

Back to the story. Hilarious! I have also seen the Woundwort Shieldbug mating on white deadnettle (same family), and found their nymphs on Fuchsias which are by my south facing wall. I found they do sometimes use other plants such as Fuchsias so yours might too. I haven't seen any real damage to the plants, and their numbers are small, I prefer to let nature do it's thing (preservation of all species is important).

Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. (Zone 8b)
Sunset Zone 6, Heat zone 4,
Garden Photography Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Daylilies Lilies
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Joy
Apr 28, 2016 6:32 AM CST
Thanks Janet. I'll just let them be. Unless something is destructive to my plants, i just let them go about their business too. So that's what I'll do in this case. They are kinda cute for a stink bug. They can just become part of my garden critters family. Hilarious!
No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson

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