| > I have posted a couple of pictures on the web of these bugs.
| > http://community.webshots.com/photo/170887282/170887500jqBNuV
| > | I just discovered a black beetle type bug on my tomato leaves.
| The have
| > | attacked my cherry tomatoes and none other. I noticed them on
| > | before but not in my garden. What can they be and how can I get
| rid of
| > | them?
| Judging from the picture, my guess is click beetles. The beetles in
| your picture have the right shape and color for click beetles. The key
| for me is the way the head angles from the thorax. Click beetles can
| fly, but in particular they sort of jump when disturbed, with a
| clicking sound (hence the name). I've never known them to particularly
| attracted to tomatoes, but they may be in search of moisture.
| Since these are eating your tomatoes, a stomach poison, such as
| Rotenone, would be a good way to kill them. However, you probably
| don't want to be spraying poisons on your tomatoes, although Rotenone
| is comparatively benign.
| Guy Bradley
| Chesterfield MO
| zone 6
It looks very similar to the click beetle, only it's legs are black like the
body. I noticed that they are constantly extending their body so that it is
longer than the wings and the hard cover over the wings. Does that make
since to anyone?