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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:43 pm 
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We found a large population of this insect today (Sep 2nd) near our vegetable garden. We have not seen them on one specific vegetable; we actually found them crawling in the weeds in the unused part of the garden (it has never had vegetables planted in it). We live in North Texas, around Justin, TX.

It is about 1cm long and about 0.5cm wide at the widest point. It is orange/red with two rows of raised black dots running along both sides. Its legs are black.

Does anyone know what insect this is and what stage of its life cycle?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:12 am 
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I usually have a couple of coins in my gardening apron so I can get size comparison shots of bugs - and was amused to see a spot on the Jay Leno show when he featured the strange hobby of photographing coins - that just happened to have bugs in them. :)

I pulled out Howard's Texas Bug Book and the closest looking bug (but not a perfect match) is the "doodlebug" or antlion. But the bug in your photos doesn't appear to have the extended head and mouthparts of the ant lion.

Various people read these posts so someone is likely to recognize it and say so if my guess is incorrect.

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It is a Colorado potato beetle larva


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:22 am 
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Great! I'll take down my wrong answer so it doesn't confuse people.

And here is an image of the Colorado potato beetle larvae:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:21 am 
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It also looks like the pupa stage of a ladybug.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ladybug ... 80&bih=655

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:37 pm 
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tchwv9,

You now have a classic garden conundrum. You'll have to watch for these bugs this year and you'll have to see what
they're doing out there in the garden, to determine if you have the pest or the beneficial bug. Don't treat until you're sure
one way or the other. Good luck, and please report back!

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If it quickly attaches itself to a leaf then it's a ladybug. They won't just walk around in that state for long.

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