Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Here is another insect from my Saturday stroll along Carleton College’s Lyman Lakes. This critter is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle. These beetles are found in late summer, especially August. They are found in fields and gardens. They feed on flower nector—this one is on Bee Balm. They do not injure plants and do not bite or sting people. They do occasionally invade homes, where they can be swept or vacuumed. These beetles also eat other insects, like grasshopper eggs, aphids, and small caterpillars (wimastergardener.org) and, thus, are good to have in your garden.

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