**Since posting this blog, I’ve learned that the smaller beetle is the Plataspid Beetle, native to China and discovered here in the US last October. The larger bug is the Florida Predatory Stink Bug.**
I headed to the garden today with my camera because I have a beetle on my bean plants that I’ve not seen before. I wanted to take pictures to post to see if you all could help me out in the identification of this bug. I can’t tell if it’s doing any damage to my plants and there are bunches of them.
This is the first I’ve seen a single one by itself. They’re in clusters on the bean vines.
And then I saw the most wonderful sight!
I wasn’t sure if what I was seeing was accurate. It looked as if this bigger bug was piercing the little beetle and sucking out the insides.
So I got closer with the camera. The orange and black bug didn’t move much but kept trying to back out of the sunlight. Guess it prefers to eat in solitude 🙂
I found 2 dead little beetles on the trellis. The longer the big bug sucked, the closer his “straw” drew back toward himself.
I can’t tell if there’s a second “rod” inserted in the little beetle. I was fascinated with this whole process. And the big bug was pretty fat towards the end of this little beetle.
I’ve seen this orange and black bug around the garden. In fact, I squashed one thinking it was a Squash Vine Borer moth. But I don’t know what it is! My friend and I looked in books and the internet trying to identify it. The closest we came to was a Milkweed Beetle but they’re not predacious according to the book.
But if this orange and black bug eats these little beetles, it can certainly stay. Only, if it’s full after just 3 beetles….
I wish he’d call his friends and relatives in for a party!!!!