Please help identify spectacular picture
I recently took this photo at a local nursery where I was photographing different flowers. This bug was so colorful and cute, I justhad to snap some pics of it. But I’m having trouble identifying it. Can you help? I live in Southern California near the ocean. Thanks,
Jessica Straw

Hi Jessica,
What a gorgeous image of a Banded Cucumber Beetle, Diabrotica balteata. According to BugGuide: “Larva eat roots, and adults eat the rest of the plant parts.”

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