Small beetle attacked monarch cat

Today this small beetle was seen attacking a little monarch caterpillar, sucking the juice out of it. The beetle is 8 mm long. We are not aware of having seen it before. Sorry it’s not the best quality photo – the beetle was microwaved!

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  1. wastrel
    Posted November 2, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Common namefor NZ ones: ‘Shield bug’.

    I have killed 3-4 of these (google: Pentatomidae: then images)
    They are deadly and only pest I have sen attacking caterpillars although not a lot around thank heaven. Very disconcerting seeing the dried out husk of a caterpillar baby (

    Eight species of Pentatomidae can be found in New Zealand.

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