Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 3:16 PM
this bug on blazing star in pine wilderness area raised its legs when camera got too close. it is very strking design is it a stink bug?
E. Central Florida
Because of the striking pattern that resembles the Greek letter Delta on the pronotum, which is only partially visible on your photo, this beetle is known as the Delta Flower Scarab, Trigonopeltastes delta. In addition to the blazing star, adult beetles feed on nectar and pollen from flowers like goldenrod and Echinacea to name a few. Your reference to ZZ Top is quite amusing.