Subject: So Cal Beetle?
Location: Sage, California (15 miles East of Temecula, CA)
July 24, 2015 4:16 pm
We’ve found this beetle in Sage California in a sage chaparral area. It is a beetle shaped like a stink beetle and is approximately 1 to 1 1/2″ long.
They are found in groups of 1-7 on buckwheat plants.
They may have dug out of the ground and left behind a small mound of dirt (like worm castings) in a small target pattern.
We haven’t seen them for about 10 years: it last snowed here about ten years ago, and then this last winter.
Signature: Thanks, Daren
This Iron Cross Blister Beetle in the genus Tegrodera probably has seasonal spikes in population when conditions are best to support larger populations, but we do receive at least a few requests from the Southwest each spring to early summer. This is a later sighting than usual.