Location: Jamestown, RI
August 18, 2011 5:47 am
Found this pretty little thing in the vegetable garden 5/27/11. Was hanging out on my shirt.
Hi again PeeGee,
At first we thought this might be a Leaf Beetle, but we soon realized that was not correct. After a bit of searching, we identified your Scarlet Malachite Beetle, Malachius aeneus, one of the Soft Winged Flower Beetles in the family Melyridae. You can read about the Scarlet Malachite Beetle on BugGuide including this information on its range: “across southern Canada and northern United States, south in the east to at least North Carolina, south in the west to Oregon also occurs in Europe, western Asia, and the Middle East introduced to North America (no info available on date or location).”
Coolo Dan. Thanks a lot for that interesting info. There will probably be more mysteries to come. Love that you do what you do, so thanks. PeeGee