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May 24, 2018 11:20 AM CST
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Can anyone identify this bug
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May 24, 2018 2:08 PM CST
Name: greene
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My eyes are old. The image is very small and not clear. Please, is the brownish color at the front or back of the beetle? Can you possibly take a closer picture? Thank you.

You might look at Asphaera lustrans - Shiny Flea Beetle to see if it is at all similar.
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May 24, 2018 3:07 PM CST
7b
Apologies
I could not get a better pic it was moving so fast
I'll try to get a better one if I spot it again
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May 25, 2018 6:32 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Could it have been a pill bug? These are very similar to an armadillo. It is clearly segmented an rolls up into a ball when disturbed.
Pill bugs are terrestrial crustaceans from the Isopod family.
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May 25, 2018 7:42 AM CST
Name: Sue
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It has long back legs so I don't think it's a pill bug, it looks like some kind of beetle. But without a better look at the antennae and other features it is hard to identify.
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May 25, 2018 7:50 AM CST
Name: Celia
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Almost like a waterbug. Almost. What country was this in?
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May 25, 2018 7:55 AM CST
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I guess picture is blurry
My Zone is 7b
I'll see if I can find more bugs today
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May 25, 2018 9:34 AM CST
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I loaded the image into my photo editing program and I stand corrected, it appears to be a beetle of some sort.
I can see six legs and hard protective wing covers. It is very similar to a flea beetle in general appearance. Very good call greene.
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May 25, 2018 10:13 AM CST
7b
If it is a flea beetle is it good or bad
This year I'm trying to stay away from pesticides and try to lure good bugs to do the job
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May 25, 2018 11:04 AM CST
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I think the antennae are too short for a flea beetle, as far as I can see them in the blur. Flea beetles are quite small, and it's hard to get an idea of scale from the pics, depending what the surface is. Can you give us a rough estimate of its size?

If you had plant damage from flea beetles you would have noticed it.
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May 25, 2018 12:24 PM CST
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It was 3 to 4 mm and definitely two toned
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May 26, 2018 8:37 AM CST
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I came to the conclusion that although this looks beetle-like, it is actually a "true bug", probably in the super-family Pentatomoidea, likely family Cydnidae, commonly called "burrowing bugs". There are several similar ones and the one in these pictures is 6-8 mm so too large if Tkhan's size estimate is correct, but it's at least close.

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