Hi! Well, here we are again, trying to identify a critter…proably not as unusual
as the wheel bug last time, but my kids and I were walking today at Tyler Arboritum and I noticed these “busy” bugs on a rhodo leaf & were curious if you would please id for us…they were very irridescent and also VERY tiny, smaller than 1/4 inch…Thanks so much!
Jennifer, Madi and Harrison (in Pennsylvania)
We originally thought this was one of the Leaf Beetles in the Family Chrysomelidae but Eric Eaton set us straight: ” The mating metallic leaf beetles may be in the genus Altica, certainly in the Alticinae subfamily called Flea Beetles for their ability to jump. Very common insects.” We are guessing Rhodo leaf is Rhododendron.