Need Help Identifying Tiny Beetle in Florida – Update 6/6/15


Update 6/6/15 – I have been informed that these are the 1st or 2nd instar stage of a form of stink bug.  I was hoping they were beneficial but alas they are not.

I found these on a green bean leaf in my garden this afternoon.  I think they are so cute, probably because they are so tiny.  They really look like miniature lady bugs, however I don’t believe they are lady bugs as they came out of the egg like this and lady bugs have a larvae stage.

beetles1I can not find any pictures matching these little creatures.  I can send one into the UF with a check for $8 for identification but would rather not, lol.  Have you seen one before?  I really would like to know what they are.

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