Insect and Bug ID forum: Garden pest (bug) not in your database

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Name: KKaty
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
Organic Only
Aug 9, 2016 9:19 AM CST
I'm an organic gardener in TN who does not use any type of control, except I'll pick off bugs, esp. if I can catch the tomato worms. Although I'm in a small suburb, my yard has a fairly diverse pop. of different bugs, although their preponderance seems to vary by year. Sometimes but not always my raspberries have lots of aphids; I usually have lots of squash/stink bugs, which attack everything I like. But this year I haven't done much planting, esp. not any of the plants they tend to like most, and I haven't seen much of either of them. Of course I have other bugs, but not so many they cause huge problems.

BUT, all of a sudden this year I have these small round black bugs with spots, that I haven't seen before. They seem to love my raspberries, which is quite annoying, although I've seen them all over my garden area. Any way to identify them? Can I send a picture?

Just discovered your site while trying to learn more about this bug: very nice!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
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Aug 10, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Can you post a photo?
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Aug 19, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Look at the picnic or sap beetle...small round, yellow-orange spots

"The most common picnic beetle (family Nitidulidae) is a small (ΒΌ inch long), black insect with four yellowish-orange spots on the back. Adult beetles are attracted to all types of overripe and decaying fruit. Although not attracted to ripe, undamaged raspberries, these can be damaged once picnic beetles are in the garden

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