Entomology (Study of Bugs)/beetle identification


Black beetle with white stripes
Black beetle with whit  
This beetle (could not get a closer shot) was on my banksia pods in a large group, I am not sure what it is or if it is a pest. Any help would be appreciated.


Hi, Jeff:

Thank you for including the image with your question.

The "beetle" is actually the nymph of a cockroach in the genus Ellipsidion , maybe Ellipsidion australe .  I don't believe this is a pest species, so I wouldn't worry.

Hope this helps!


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