Unidentified Red Beetle
Location: Chicago IL, July 24 2011, 4pm
July 24, 2011 2:12 pm
I found this one crawling on my leg in the garden and I’ve never seen it before…so I grabbed my cam and snapped as many shots as I could…I couldnt find any other bugs online to match this one, a rather small beetle too, no longer than a fingernail
Signature: Meg C
This is a Lily Leaf Beetle, Lilioceris lilii, a Eurasian species that has become established in Canada and the Northern states. Adults and larvae feed on the leaves of many cultivated plants in the lily family.
Correction: July 28, 2011
We just received a comment bringing to our attention that what we misidentified as a Lily Leaf Beetle (see BugGuide) is actually the same Blister Beetle that confused us earlier in the month. It is actually Rhyphonemognatha rufa which may also be found on Bugguide.