red and black bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Oregon, WI
Question by norlibl
June 22, 2007
This year I have an abundance of some sort of insect which are eating some of my plants. The bug does not fly, it's a reddish color thorax with sort of a black 'jacket' on the foward part of it.. They hatch as tiny things, the size of a piece of rice, but have now grown to be around 1/2 or more long. Not only are they in my garden but are also in the grass. What could they be and how do I get rid of them? They are seemingly starting to take over.

Answer from NGA
June 22, 2007


Identifying an insect without being able to examine it is virtually impossible. There are so many with similar appearance. But, all is not lost. Capture several of the critters in a sealable plastic bag and take them to your local Cooperative Extension office, Master Gardener Clinic, or well-staffed nursery. Helpful folks can identify the insects for you and suggest some control measures.

Best wishes with your garden!

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