Insect and Bug ID forum: A Bug? Or a Fly?

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Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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HemNorth
Sep 4, 2017 9:44 PM CST
My Abraham Darby Rose has been plagued this week with these creatures. The second photo shows two of them mating.

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Thanks.












Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Sep 5, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I think they look like ambush bugs which are predatory bugs. They only eat other bugs so they won't cause any harm to your roses but more likely protect them from bugs that might like to eat your flowers. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Sep 5, 2017 12:05 PM CST
It might be this one called a Jagged Ambush Bug, or something similar.

https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2...
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Cat Lover Salvias Xeriscape Roses Organic Gardener
Garden Photography Echinacea Butterflies Birds Irises Daylilies
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HemNorth
Sep 5, 2017 2:47 PM CST
Thank you, @wildflowers - I think you've nailed it!

So, I have some Jagged Ambush Bugs in my yard, that might help out by eating some other bad bugs. I guess I'm lucky to have these new guests. Thanks so much for your help!
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies
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wildflowers
Sep 5, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Yes, lucky you! and it looks like they are planning to multiply. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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