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I live at the edge of a neighborhood bordering the mountains in North Ogden. The last week we have seen hundreds and hundreds of little beetle-like bugs that have six legs, two antennas and a green/black body with a bright orange border. It appears the adult version of the beetle is about 1/4 inch long and fairly round. I'm wondering what this bug is and what damage it can/will do. I have close-up photos that I'd be more than happy to provide. Can you please help me identify this pest?

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For what it's worth, there between 1,000,000 and
30,000,000 things out there with 6 legs and 2 antennae!

From your description, though, it sounds like you may
be dealing with some type of immature stinkbug, perhaps
a green shield bug, or a Say stink bug.  These are members
of the True Bug family and have piercing-sucking mouthparts
which they use to suck the juices out of plants. They are
usually not of much concern, but can become damaging to
crops/gardens if their numbers become too high.

Take a look at some of these pictures and let me know if
this is what you are seeing.  If not, send along the pictures
and I'll see what I can do.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/6978/bgimage?from=0

The Chlorochroa sayi is likely the species you are seeing.

Posted on 25 Jul 2008

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician, Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

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