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Beetle or true bug? - Murgantia histrionica - male - female

Beetle or true bug? - Murgantia histrionica - Male Female
Wilmington suburban veg garden, Northern New Castle County, Delaware, USA
August 13, 2013
Size: about 1/2 inch
Three of these spotted on daikon radish leaves, in a larger patch of sweet corn. Two have been mating since yesterday, same location (can't be sure it's the same two, though). They hide from the camera, scuttle around pretty quickly, considering. I didn't find convincing matches in either beetles or true bugs.

Images of this individual: tag all
Beetle or true bug? - Murgantia histrionica - male - female Beetle or true bug? - Murgantia histrionica

Moved
Moved from True Bugs.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Now what?
Now do I move these to the harlequin bug page, or are they even needed there?

 
Definitely keepers: First posted from Delaware.
When in doubt, keep the image. (If an editor doesn't want it, they'll Frass - or scrap - it.) Check the Help tab for info on how to move your post, which is an excellent idea as it frees up the busy editors to assist others.

Let me see if I can shortcut things for you...

Click Tag All the images. (You'll see thumbnails in the left margin, so you know it worked.)

Go to the proper page, which is the Image (important!) page for Harlequin bugs. So the first time's easy, here's a link to get you to the right place: http://bugguide.net/node/view/557/bgimage

Click on Move Tagged Images and you're done. But wait...

While you're on that page, you can click on the Images tab to see what others have posted. (On this bug, look for darker specimens which typically come from the west, as you can soon discover.)

You can also click on Data to see what states and which months are represented by the posts.

Quick Field Guide
X on the back (formed by wings) = Bug, as here
Line on back = Beetle
Nothing on back = Bug nymph, likely

 
Awesome!
I'm going to etch that on the back of my camera. Thank you for replying to my first post.

Harlequin Bugsā€¦
Radishes are on the menu.

See reference here.

 
Thanks!
There's photo of one just like it that was taken in Texas.
I scrolled down the beetle and bug main pages, but I did not enter. Now that I've registered I'll have to be more diligent.

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