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Unknown Red and Black Beetles

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by fishman10, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. fishman10

    fishman10 Active Member

    I was walking the backyard yesterday trying to find something to photograph and came across these red and black beetles. There were hundreds of them in a single 1 square foot area. I have no idea what kind they are. If you have any guess let me know. Found in North Texas

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    Unknown Red and Black Beetles

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    Red and black bugs - YouTube
     
  2. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Elite Member

    I've never seen them before, but they are cool!
     
  3. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Beautiful little beetles, hopefully someone will know what they are, I'm curious!
    How big are they?
     
  4. fishman10

    fishman10 Active Member

    Extremely small. The smallest were a little bigger than a grain of salt. The largest ones were about the size of a pinhead maybe a tiny bit bigger.
     
  5. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    There are a few places that you could take some of them for identification. Museums of natural history, sometimes they have an entamologist, pest control, garden supply store. Also google.
     
  6. ToriH

    ToriH Elite Member

    It might be a species of lady bug!
     
  7. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    They are burrowing bugs.
     
  8. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

  9. ToriH

    ToriH Elite Member

    I was hoping for lady bugs... Haha it is an interesting find. The caterpillars are in trouble around you place.
     
  10. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

  11. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    Margined* (thanks autocorrect)
     
  12. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    I think your right, you are always good with these things!
    Sehirus cinctus - BugGuide.Net
     
  13. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Matt, are they beneficial insects? They sure are pretty little guys :)
     
  14. mele

    mele Elite Member

  15. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    To be honest I don't think they are particularly beneficial as their primary food source are seeds of plants in the mint family. I see adults throughout the entire warm season here in ny among plants in and around our gardens and fields. That said, I wouldn't really consider them a pest either...unless you're a mint farmer :D
     
  16. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    Here is a shot I took of an adult last year...
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    They look much different than the second instars the OP posted.
     

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  17. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    There is a big difference in the second instars and the adults, maybe that is why it was so hard for us to find information on them.
     
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