Beetles on Solanum
July 6, 2010
Hello. We live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I had planted a stand of Solanum Burbankii (member of the nightshade family) and lo and behold, these beetles and their larvae went CRAZY all over them! I’ve looked online until I am cross-eyed. Can you tell me what they are? I have enclosed an image for your “Bug Love” section. Many thanx! We are such big fans!
The Shenals
Eastern Shore of Maryland (Delmarva Peninsula)

Mating Blue Banded Lema Leaf Beetles

Dear Shenals,
The species name for the Blue Banded Lema Leaf Beetle,
Lema solani, indicates that it feeds on plants in the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and this is mentioned on the BugGuide information page.  Thanks for your contribution, because letters and images like your submissions contribute to the success of our website.

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