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Old 07-18-2013, 05:21 PM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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These black beetles swarmed my scrub oak starting about a week ago. Their numbers have dwindled since then, but I caught this straggler today and brought him in to take pictures.

His body is about 10mm in length, not counting the legs and antennae.
I am at 7000 feet elevation in a ponderosa and pinon forest environment, southern New Mexico.

I saw them last year around this early summer time, but not at other times of the year. The scrub oak started leafing out about a month ago. It is in full leaf now.

I googled "black beetle red spot" with shiny, bug, insect, and got no results, other than a bunch of black widow pictures, some ladybugs, and a few vague references to stink bugs. Does anybody know what it is?
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Try this website:

Insect and Spider Identification - Details on North American Bugs

eta: I did try checking with their bug finder, but didn't find anything that looks remotely similar. There is also a site called bugguide.net, they have a pretty helpful forum, and you can send an id request, with pictures.

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Old 07-19-2013, 04:58 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Maybe the folks in the gardening forum will know. //www.city-data.com/forum/garden/
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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Thanks pug, I have submitted it for identification at bugguide.net (cool site!). Maybe they can give me a name for it.
bjh, I will check in the gardening forum too.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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Update: Wow! bugguide.net nailed it in less than 30 minutes!
It's a common Bordered Plant Bug (largus nymph) in the early stages
Search - BugGuide.Net

Now I can sleep


(edited to add) : oh - and it's a bug, not a beetle.

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Old 07-20-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Update: Wow! bugguide.net nailed it in less than 30 minutes!
It's a common Bordered Plant Bug (largus nymph) in the early stages
Search - BugGuide.Net

Now I can sleep


(edited to add) : oh - and it's a bug, not a beetle.
Cool. That is a great site, and has some interesting reading too. I had found a huge, alien looking *thing* on my patio one night a couple of years ago. Took a few rather blurry pictures of it. It was an enormous bug, looked like a mix of things, huge cockroach, praying mantis, martian. I submitted the pics to that site and they also came up with an id within a couple of hours. It was a Mole Cricket.
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