It may not be a plant, but can you name these bugs?

LantanaLove(9 - Riverside, CA)June 24, 2014

I've noticed that my cleome is dying no matter what I do, and I've seen a few of these little bugs hanging around near the bush and didn't think anything of it - until today.
I just went out front and the bush is on deaths door. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was COVERED with these bugs, hanging out in pairs (I wonder what they're doing...). ðÂÂÂ
Does anyone know what these bugs are, how much damage they inflict and what I can do to stop them from ruining my plants? My cleome was lovely, and now it's a ragged mess...

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I was going to say stinkbug but I did some further investigating and found something closer: Bagrada bug.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 9:16PM
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LantanaLove(9 - Riverside, CA)

That is EXACTLY what they are! Thank you!
I'm so bummed. It looks like I'm gonna have to do some serious pest control and cut some plants WAY back. My husband's vegetable garden is infested too.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 9:21PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

And it's in Southern California:

In brief: it's sucking the life out of your cleome.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 9:23PM
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LantanaLove(9 - Riverside, CA)

I have put way too much work into my garden for this... It sounds like they're not easily controlled. I'm gonna have to get ready to go to war.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 9:36PM
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