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WHAT IS THIS BUG? GOOD GUY or BAD GUY?
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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 24, 2011 - 6:15 pm

I have seen this bug in my garden, in the grass and today on the sidewalk. What is it? Do I need to squish it?ConfusedImage EnlargerImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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October 25, 2011 - 4:52 am

Good morning!  Use this website (I have it saved, I use it a lot) whatsthatbug.com and look for Oil Beetle (or Blister Beetle).  I think that's what this little guy is.  It says not to handle as they secrete a substance when threatened that causes blistering ~ you don't need any more problems with your hands!

Heading up to a high of 80 today and then the party's over.  Rain tomorrow and then only highs in the 50-60's for the next ten days.  Still ~ not bad for almost November.  And no hard feeze in sight ~ wheeeee!

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 25, 2011 - 5:00 am

Thanks KeyWee!  KoolCool site.  I will put that site on my favorites. Yes, that is it. Blister Beetle, not a good guy.Frown He's a goner!

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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