Metallic blue and orange bug/beetle
Location: Central Texas
April 3, 2011 10:42 pm
I found him on the porch, he is pretty small. I have never seen one like it, we live in Central TX.
This appears to be a Shining Flea Beetle, Asphaera lustrans, which we quickly identified on BugGuide. Many Flea Beetles from the tribe Alticini as well as other Leaf Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae are considered to be significant agricultural pests. The host plants of this Shining Flea Beetle are listed as Scullcap and Willow. BugGuide notes this interesting remark: “In Florida this is sometimes called the Gator beetle – due to the orange and blue-black colors approximating those of the UF Gators.”