Orange bugs need ID

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This is the underneath of the bug - it is orange and also has some white.
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This is the top of the orange bug
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  • Lee Govan Lee Govan on Dec 11, 2015
    It looks like a harlequin bug or stink bug. Of you are growing brassicas they will decimate them. Unsure of any known control for them except to google a predator bug to get rid of them.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 11, 2015
    After googling images the closet insect I found was some type of grasshopper.
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Dec 11, 2015
    The plant I found it on is a Gardenia in Florida and I found several of those bugs today.
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Dec 11, 2015
    @Janet Pizaro it is definitely not a grasshopper. It is more like a stinkbug that acts like a lovebug. They are having an affair with each other so I know they will be a problem. I think @Lee Govan gave me a good start on this new bug.
    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 11, 2015
      @Sherrie Slaboda I don't think so when you see the pictures of stink bugs that does not resemble them.Stink bugs are truly an ugly brown not red.Maybe is is a love bug but the pictures looked different on them as well.Just curious do you live by a florida extension service?
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Dec 11, 2015
    If I fail here I may try contacting Florida Extension but HT is so much more fun @Janet Pizaro.
    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 11, 2015
      @Sherrie Slaboda I know what you are saying but when it comes time to certain issues and especially us Newyorkers who have different critters and I myself get so frustrated if I can't answer a question thats my next go to.Just so you know I ran a garden center for many years and did had to to extensive studying to help my clients.
  • Rebecca Temari Rebecca Temari on Dec 12, 2015
    Sherri, it looks like a firefly to me. Totally harmless if that's the case. The only thing that stumps me is the orange underside.
  • Tess Borgra Tess Borgra on Dec 12, 2015
    Looks like a Boxelder beetle. Look into traps or pesticide. They cause a lot of damage.
  • Kathy. Kathy. on Dec 12, 2015
    HI Sherri, Not a grasshopper, stink bug or lightening bug. It looks like an almost mature box elder bug. They start out reddish and slowly turn blacker. I work with the Missouri Extension as a Master Gardener for 16 years. Not sure why it would be in Florida. Maybe an escapee?
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Dec 12, 2015
    Almost everybody here is on the right track (i.e. love, stink & other characteristics): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxelder_bug
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Dec 12, 2015
    @Douglas Hunt I just thought of you today because you are a Floridian and maybe have seen the insect I posted. Rappaho. I just looked at box elder bugs and they sure look like the young box elder bugs (all orange and white underneath).
  • Car3290095 Car3290095 on Dec 12, 2015
    Looks like the bugs we have here in south Spain! Got no idea what they're called (benny? Davey? Pauline?) but I have them in my garden and they don't seem to harm any of my plants.
  • Teresa Watkins Teresa Watkins on Dec 12, 2015
    Boxelder bugs don't cause any real damage. They actually scarify the seeds of the golden rain tree, an exotic invasive here in Florida, which keeps them from germinating, and are not considered pests.
  • Carol Harris Carol Harris on Dec 12, 2015
    it looks like what we call a stink bug, pumpkin bug, or maybe a lightning bug.
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Dec 13, 2015
    @Teresa Watkins have you seen any of these boxelder bugs in Orlando? I had just a few on a gardenia plant and they were gone the next day. Nice to know they aren't a real problem.
  • Teresa Watkins Teresa Watkins on Dec 13, 2015
    Yes, see them all the time, every year. They come and they go. Considered beneficial because they help to stop spread of exotic invasive Golden Rain trees.
  • Teresa Watkins Teresa Watkins on Dec 13, 2015
    nice to meet you. Any time you have a question, you can call my gardening radio show "In Your Backyard". Tuesdays 1pm EST My790am.com
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Dec 13, 2015
    Thank you @Teresa Watkins. I'll do that.
  • Kerensa Zieske Kerensa Zieske on Dec 13, 2015
    They look very similar to Boxelder bugs. They seem to constantly breed & populate quickly. I can remember my grandmother being exasperated with them every year. She seemed to see them as personal antagonists.
  • Lee Govan Lee Govan on Dec 13, 2015
    Harlequin bugs are also known as stink bugs in some countries, you'll know if you squash one, it was the diamond pattern on the back that gives it away. There are lot of images on google and in certain climates they will change colour.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Dec 13, 2015
    U have a BOXELDER BUG. It's frequently confused with the stink bug but it's a different bug. Here's your bug > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxelder_bug :)
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Dec 14, 2015
    @Pam Walker I'm convinced it was a boxelder bug. The good part is when I looked for them the next day, they were gone.
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Dec 14, 2015
    I got enough information to find the answer and I appreciate everyone that tries to help.
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 12, 2021

    Hi Sherrie, if you ever run into a problem identifying a bug, you can try this little app - https://www.insectidentification.org/bugfinder-start.php

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