Unidentified bug (Beetle??) eating my maroon bluebonnets
May 17, 2010
I found several of this insects lunching on marroom bluebonnets on 5-15-10. They were not eating anything other than those blooms and they devoured them. I thought perhaps since maroon bluebonnets are not native to this area they can’t fight off the bugs????
Thanks for your help.
Ennis, Texas North Central Texas
We are nearly certain that this is a Yellow Crescent Blister Beetle, Pyrota insulata, based on photos posted to BugGuide where it is stated: “Adults feed on nectar, mostly Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) though also observed on Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccafolium) and probably others.“
Thanks so much for the information. They were feeding on more than nectar…….