What Bug is this?
What am I? Lakeview AR May 16. Thanks. Love your site.
Hi Again Rose,
We found your beetle on BugGuide, but it is just listed as a generic Leaf Beetle, Family Chrysomelidae. We checked with Eric Eaton and he was unable to provide an exact species based on the photo.
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That is Blepharia rhois, one of the larger species of flea beetles (subfamily or tribe within the leaf beetles). This species feeds on winged sumac and although they are flea beetles, they are unusual because they aren’t very strong jumpers!
Daniel P. Duran
Dept. of Biological Sciences