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What are these bugs?

By thatsnotme - 10 November 2011 14

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These guys have been everywhere lately. At my sons play group this morning, there were bunches of 50 or so clumped around some play equipment, mating like mad!

I just can’t remember seeing these in such numbers before. There is a constant swarm of them over our front yard. They aren’t any problem or anything – I just don’t know why there are so many all of a sudden?

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What are these bugs?
scorpio63 6:40 pm 06 Jan 13

try a solution of vinegar and water – 1 part vinegar to a bucket of water – apply to outside windows – this recently got rid of hornets trying to nest outside the windows – they had a late breeding season.

patrick_keogh 4:19 pm 06 Jan 13

Sunday said :

This CSIRO site
http://csironewsblog.com/2012/11/08/insect-of-the-week-the-plague-soldier-beetle-isnt-nearly-as-bad-as-it-sounds/
says “Plague Soldier Beetle” isnt as bad as it sounds. But, if you havef thousands on your front fly wire door, thousands copulating on surrounding tree branches, courtyards walls etc they are bad!

Can anyone tell me why they choose my house to invade when I dont have native flowers, and this is the 2nd visit. I understand the female lays eggs in the soil, so what do I do to ensure they dont like my soil next summer?

Happy if someone knows the answers.

The answer is to chill out. A little copulation never hurt anybody.

Sunday 3:48 pm 06 Jan 13

This CSIRO site
http://csironewsblog.com/2012/11/08/insect-of-the-week-the-plague-soldier-beetle-isnt-nearly-as-bad-as-it-sounds/
says “Plague Soldier Beetle” isnt as bad as it sounds. But, if you havef thousands on your front fly wire door, thousands copulating on surrounding tree branches, courtyards walls etc they are bad!

Can anyone tell me why they choose my house to invade when I dont have native flowers, and this is the 2nd visit. I understand the female lays eggs in the soil, so what do I do to ensure they dont like my soil next summer?

Happy if someone knows the answers.

dr phil 7:21 am 11 Nov 11

It looks to me you caught 2 Coleoptera’s “in the act”. To think the female Coleoptera will lay up to 2000 eggs in her life time. THEY WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

kevn 8:36 pm 10 Nov 11

As a kid, I called em Bungy beetles. Pretty sure I made that up at the time.

I remember swarms in alternative years during the early 90s. Haven’t seen them for a long time, though.

thatsnotme 8:17 pm 10 Nov 11

Thanks guys – Green Soldier Beetles they are! For once, Google failed me…an image search on ‘beetles australia’ didn’t show these little guys.

So are there more this year than normal, or have I just been completely blind for the past 26 years that I’ve been in Canberra? I can remember seeing plenty of spitfires, flies, and christmas beetles (sadly though, the christmas beetles were way back in the day, when as a kid I could flick my window flyscreen and send dozens of them flying!) – but never these beetles in numbers like this.

lobster 6:38 pm 10 Nov 11

I remembered calling them stink bugs at primary school. Probably not their real name though… I don’t even remember them having a smell – just that everyone else called them that…

Postalgeek 5:03 pm 10 Nov 11

If they’re the slow flyers I think they are, I have fond memories of spending Spring evenings as a kid shooting them down with water pistols.

Funky Claude 4:55 pm 10 Nov 11

Plague or Green Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris.

banjo 4:40 pm 10 Nov 11

I always thought they were a type of “Pumpkin Beetles”

Deffinetly not the stinky ones though, they are more wide, flat and less colourfull.

poetix 4:15 pm 10 Nov 11

They are soldier beetles, aka surveillance drones, brought in because of the President’s visit next week. The two who are engaged in an intimate encounter misunderstood the effect of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ rule being abolished.

KB1971 4:14 pm 10 Nov 11

Shanski_0 said :

I think they are stink bugs, i remember them from school… They have turned the bus shelter near my house into a brothel…

Hahahahaha, I was going to say rooting bugs because that is all they seem to do.

There are red ones as well.

Shanski_0 4:07 pm 10 Nov 11

or after a google… Not a stink bug.. But thats what we called them back in the day… So sorry.. No idea!

Shanski_0 4:06 pm 10 Nov 11

I think they are stink bugs, i remember them from school… They have turned the bus shelter near my house into a brothel…

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