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I brought home a couple of little bugs today in my bag of blueberries.
It's a pick-your-own place in north eastern Massachusetts, on a hill with a Christmas tree farm, surrounded by woods.
They're small, beetle shaped, maybe 1/4 inch or smaller. Bright green with a small earthy brown spot on the back.
Six legs plus antennae.
I found a clavate tortoise beetle in my Audubon app, but the spot on my bugs is relatively smaller and round.
Sorry I didn't get a photo.
Thanks for any info.

Hi, Mary:

I think you are mistaking juvenile (immature, "baby") stink bugs for beetles.  Is this what you were seeing?


or at least something similar?  Stink bugs (family Pentatomidae) are very fond of berries and other fruits, so it is no surprise to find them abundant in situations like you describe.

Let me know if I'm right, please :-)


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