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Subject: Leaf Beelte
Location: El Paso, Texas
August 3, 2014 7:51 pm
I found this beetle, resting on a leaf of grass after a light rain. I believe it belongs to the genus Calligrapha, but I have not been able to find any species with the same markings.
Signature: R. Avila

Leaf Beetle:  Calligrapha species

Ambrosia Leaf Beetle

Dear R. Avila,
At frist we agreed that this is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, but like you, we are uncertain of the species.  Many species in the genus look quite similar and there is also considerable individual variation within the species.  We did a bit more research and we are relatively confident that this is an Ambrosia Leaf Beetle, Zygogramma tortuosa, and you can compare your images to those posted on BugGuide.

Ambrosia Leaf Beetle

Ambrosia Leaf Beetle

 

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Location: El Paso, Texas

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