Unknown leaf beetle on tomatoes in Austin, TX
May 15, 2010
I work at the Natural Gardener in Austin, Texas. We have had a handful of customers come in with these guys in plastic bags, wanting us to identify them. We have not been able to find anything exactly right. Can you id them? They have been on tomatoes, for the most part, en masse.
We did a web search of “tomato leaf beetle” and quickly identified your Opulent Lema Leaf Beetles, Lema opulenta, on BugGuide. All reports on BugGuide are from Texas, though it is indicated the range is from Texas south into Central America.