Subject: Beetle With Ribbons on Back
Location: Austin, TX
March 27, 2013 11:22 am
This bug was near a live oak tree, March 2013 in Austin, TX
Signature: Steven Landry
Identified. Yellow Crescent Blister Beetle. Thanks
We were browsing through the Blister Beetle pages on BugGuide before stumbling upon the Yellow Crescent Blister Beetle, Pyrota insulata, because we didn’t realize you had already identified it. According to BugGuide: “Adults feed on nectar, mostly Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) though also observed on Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccafolium) and probably others” and “Attracted to lights, occasionally in large numbers.” Greg Lasley Nature PHotography has a nice series of photos of a Yellow Crescent Blister Beetle on Lupine. We find your cropping odd, but vaguely amusing. Since we will be away from the office for several days, we are postdating your submission to go live in our absence.
Lol! Thanks. I cropped it that way to try to get google image search to match the bug and not the wood planks!
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