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ID Tiny black bug with yellowish spots. Solved: young Nezara viridula shieldbug

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Petrea:
I found a large group of these little critters  (4-5 mm) in a flower of my Campsis grandiflora (which unfortunately is very prone to the nasty aphids  :banghead:). My first thought was that they were a kind of ladybirds. Wishful thinking I believe now: the front end is quite different from the ladybirds of which I have been able to Google photos.

I still hope that they eat aphids! Is that the case (what are they)?

Saludos
Petrea

Clive:
Having spent the last hour or so searching google images with every combination of "beetle, yellow, spots, black, etc etc etc" I have come up with absolutely nothing that resembles your bug, beettle, ladybird...... :(

Petrea:
Hurray, a new species!!!   ;)

(thanks for your efforts!)

parthenope:
It's the mid instar larva of a Shield Bug, (rather than a Beetle), though I'm not sure which species it is!
It looks a little bit like a Southern Green Shieldbug - Nezara viridula but not quite. Have a look here to see what I mean  ;)

https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/nezara_viridula.html

(Scroll down to the mid instar images)

Hope that helps
Steve

Clive:
Wow! the mid instar with the 4 orange spots is spot on!!!!! Well done Steve! :)

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