Beetle eating monarch caterpillar

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    judy dell
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    We have just seen a beetle on our swan plant snaring a small monarch caterpillar. I think it is a juvenile shield bug, would this be possible?
    If so, how do we get rid of shield bugs. Is there a way to upload photos to this site?

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  • #58298

    Jacqui
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    If you don’t like killing them, take them for a walk elsewhere in your street and leave them there. That’s what I do. 🙂

    #58290

    gib
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    I also just saw one for the first time, in the act of sucking the insides out of a big caterpillar.

    #58182

    Trent
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    I just found one for 1st time in 10 years sucking juices from a caterpillar in Haumoana. Actually a Brown soldier bug. I don’t lke to kill them as they’re native, but my wife did!

    https://nzacfactsheets.landcareresearch.co.nz/factsheet/InterestingInsects/Brown-soldier-bug—Cermatulus-nasalis.html

    #58165

    LeslieD
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    Shield bugs certainly do kill caterpillars even very big caterpillars. I just squash them with my fingers if I see them on a plant or ‘on the job’. They suck the juices from the caterpillar and leave a deflated carcass.

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